Cops keep vigil on migrant labour communities

KOCHI: A lot of suspected human rights and civil rights organizations have launched their activities among the migrant labour communities of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal settled in Ernakulam, forcing the police to press an alarm button and keep an extreme vigil.

“We have come across the activities of certain suspected organizations among the migrant labourers in Perumbavoor and other rural areas in Ernakulam district. Surprisingly, the names of the organizations are all new and we are conducting a scrutiny,” said an intelligence official.

The official said that the development was viewed seriously by the police as intelligence reports had warned that Maoist activists use the cover of these organizations to get close to the people.

Ernakulam rural superintendent of police (SP) Harshita Attaluri told ToI that the special branch wing of the rural police was closely monitoring the activities of these organizations. “We have launched various interaction programmes to get close to the migrant labourers,” she said.

“There is nothing wrong in the labourers grouping together and raising their issues. They need to raise their voice, only then we will be able to know the problems faced by them,” the official said.

There has been unrest among the migrant labourers from West Bengal after the police nabbed a tribal identified as Deepan Khoda of West Bengal for allegedly attempting to enter the Cochin International Airport Limited at Nedumbassery in Aluva.

An organisation formed under the name of Deepan Khoda Defence Committee had alleged that the youth was falsely implicated in the case by the police and he was brutally beaten up. They alleged that the health condition of the tribal was critical and he was admitted to Thrissur Medical College.

“The tribal youth came to Kerala in search of a job. He has been picked up by the police after labelling him as a Maoist. The incident is a gross violation of human rights,” said an activist of the committee.

The activist said that they had decided to launch a series of agitations beginning with a protest march on September 7 to the Aluva rural SP’s office demanding immediate release of the tribal youth.

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