A case has been registered against 15 CISF and Airport Authority of India (AAI) staffers in connection with the death of a CISF jawan and clashes at Kozhikode international airport on Wednesday night.
The police said 10 persons were taken into custody for questioning after the police examined the CCTV footage at the airport’s ATC gate, where the scuffle between the CISF and AAI staff occurred. A case has been registered for murder, attempt to murder, assault and unlawful assembly.
CISF senior commandant Anil Bali said in Kozhikode that they would cooperate with the police probe, which, they expected to be a professional and impartial one.
Flight operations, which had been suspended since Wednesday late night, resumed in the morning. The body of the killed CISF head constable, S S Yadav, would be flown to Delhi tonight from Kochi after completing the postmortem in Kozhikode medical college.
Hailing from Azamgarh district in UP, Yadav, father of four children, has been with CISF for the last 25 years. Three years back, he was transferred to Kozhikode, where he was living alone.
Sources at the airport said Yadav was at duty at the ATC gate along with two others, including inspector Seetharam Chaudhiri, on Wednesday night. Around 10 pm, a staff of the rescue and fire fighting section at the airport picked up a verbal fight with Chaudhiri over mandatory checking before entering into the sensitive area at the airport. Prima facie, the fire service staff was identified as supervisor Aji Kumar.
He called his colleagues over phone and around 20 persons from the fire fighting wing, including senior superintendent Sunny Thomas, rushed to the ATC gate. They assaulted Chaudhiri. As the attack continued, Chaudhiri threatened to fire. Being an inspector, Chaudhiri had a loaded pistol with 13-round capacity.
Seeing the fight, Yadav went to the scene to pacify the agitated airport staff. However, the firearm went off accidentally. The bullet first injured Chaudhiri’s forearm before hitting Yadav on his face, just below his nose. Yadav died on the spot. Chaudhiri was admitted to medical college hospital in Kozhikode. The AAI staff members Thomas and Kumar, who also sustained injuries in the assault from CISF, were admitted to the hospital.
Chaudhiri told the police that a staff member of the fire fighting wing caught hold of his pistol, leading to the mishap. Police are probing how the pistol went off and who was instrumental for it.
Following the death of their colleague, CISF men clashed with AAI staff. The mayhem was brought under control after midnight.
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