Kottarakkara: Four activists of the Democratic Youth federation of India (DYFI) were arrested here on Monday on charges of brutally attacking a team of police personnel on patrolling duty the other day.
The officers, attached to the mobile control room in Kottarakkara town, came under attack after they chased and intercepted the car in which the assailants were travelling after they were found to be driving recklessly.
The arrested were identified as S Abhilash, 31, of Thara Bhavan, P Rajesh, 33, of Kollantazhikkakathu Veettil, Nandu, 24, of V N Nivas – all natives of Vettivila – and V Vishnu, 20, of Pathikkottu Thekkethil, Chengamanad.
Cases under the provisions of Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code were slapped on the accused. The driver has been booked for rash and negligent driving and for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The incident took place around midnight on Sunday.
Two of the four police officers, S Hareesh, 34, and S Sujith, 32, who suffered grievous injuries after being attacked with metal pipes, were admitted to the Government Taluk Hospital in Kottarakkara. SI Sukumaran and police driver Jayesh were also injured, the police said.
Though Hareesh, who had been recovering from a vehicle accident injury, pleaded with the gang to spare them, the assaulters did not heed to his request and started beating the cops with iron pipes. The gang fled the scene when autorickshaw drivers from the nearby stand intervened and rescued the police personnel.
How it all happened
The over-speeding vehicle, which was proceeding from Chengamanad to Kottarakkara on the national highway, had hit a bike and a car on the way, but sped away leaving the injured motorcyclist behind.
Upon being alerted by the locals, the personnel chased the vehicle and intercepted it at Pulamon. In a bid to escape, the driver went full throttle, but rammed the car into a barbed wire fence on the wayside and got stuck.
Suddenly, the occupants of the car got out and started attacking the cops with iron pipes and tore up their uniforms. The cops were struck ruthlessly by the gang with fists and elbows and were punched in the face multiple times, according to the statement made by the two injured officers.
The arrested were sent for a medical examination which confirmed they were drunk at the time of the incident. The police later recovered several iron pipes and rods from the seized car.