People gather in front of Calicut International Airport, after clash between Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) staff in Kozhikode on Wednesday night. (PTI Photo)
12 Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials were on Friday arrested on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with the death of a CISF trooper in a brawl at Kozhikode airport. Police said they were arrested on Friday afternoon under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).
The airport was temporarily shut down for about six hours after the clash between CISF and fire department officials of AAI following an argument over frisking of some personnel around 9.40 pm on June 10. “In the ensuing scuffle, a firearm belonging to a CISF personnel went off killing a CISF head-constable while the official who was holding the firearm sustained burn injuries on hand and he is hospitalised. The scuffle continued for some time,” an official release had said.
The body of 44-year-old CISF jawan Jaipal Yadav was flown to Mumbai from Kochi on Friday morning, from where it would be flown to his hometown, Varanasi.
Meanwhile, ADGP (North Zone) N Shankar Reddy submitted a preliminary report on the violence to Director General of Police. “A preliminary report on what exactly happened was furnished to DGP,” Reddy told PTI. “Everything is on CCTV ,” Reddy said when asked who was responsible for the violence and gun shot that followed. “The incident is involving two central government organisations. We will go by evidence and will follow up with legal procedures,” he added.
B Santhosh, a member of Kerala Police probe team probing the Wednesday night brawl between Central Industrial Security Force and Airports Authority of India officials, told IANS that all nine accused – attached with fire and rescue department – would be produced before a magistrate on Saturday.
“The arrests were made after checking CCTV footage at the airport several times. The probe is continuing and as and when more evidence is secured, further arrests will be made,” said Santhosh, a circle inspector attached to Kondotty police station in Malappuram district, where the case was registered.
The visuals reportedly show angry CISF personnel damaging property inside and outside the airport after coming to know of Yadav’s death. A case has since been registered against CISF personnel for vandalism. The Kerala Police had put at least 15 officials attached with fire and rescue department under watch since Thursday morning.
A silver nitrate test conducted on CISF inspector Sitaram Choudhary’s pistol, from which the shot that killed Yadav was fired, led police to conclude that a scuffle occurred between CISF and AAI officials, which attracted the charge of culpable homicide and not murder. Three officials, including CISF inspector Choudhary, are recovering at the hospital.
Apart from the Kerala police, other agencies operating at the airport are also preparing reports on the shooting. The Union Home Ministry, which has taken a very serious note of the incident, is expected to call a meeting of officials of different departments to ensure that such incidents are not repeated at other airports in the country.