Masked gang vandalise Kochi Nitta Gelatin office in Kerala
KOCHI: 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
Kochi city police commissioner KG 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
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 gelatine, 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.