The corporate office of Nitta Gelatin India Limited (NGIL) in Kochi, a prominent Indo-Japanese industrial venture, was attacked by an unidentified group on Monday.
NGIL’s unit in Thrissur district, which manufactures ossein, has been facing resistance over polluting a nearby river. A nine-member gang, wearing masks, stormed into the corporate office after threatening the security staff. Using iron rods, they demolished the computers and window panes.
Kochi city police commissioner K G James said a special team is probing into the attack. “We have recovered a letter, which has reference to Maoists. The letter has called for armed struggle and indicates that Maoists have taken claim for the attack. But, whether Maoists were actually involved in the attack could be ascertained only after the probe, said the commissioner.
He said some ultra elements along with local people near the NGIL factory were involved in the agitation. Hence, it has to be looked whether the local agitators were behind the attack and used the letter to divert the probe.
NGIL is a leading manufacturer of gelatin, ossein, di-calcium phosphate, collagen peptide and related products which have wide applications in pharmaceuticals. The NGIL’s unit in Thrissur was attacked last year in connection with the agitation against polluting river Chalakkudy.