On Tuesday evening, Anaz Jaan(30) fearlessly stabbed four police officers at Parippally in Kollam, Kerala. The rowdy has a history of using bombs to settle scores, peddling drugs, is on the goonda list, and now this incident happened in broad daylight.
Jaan was evading arrest in an explosives case that was registered in 2018 and was absconding in drug cases. Police received information that he visits local bars in the evening and plain-clothes officers waited for him. The accused has 20 cases registered against him and the officers he stabbed were from a special squad assigned to hunt down absconders, like him.
CCTV footage showed the accused arriving and speaking to someone. That person pointed in the direction of the police and by the time a officer pounced on him, Jaan shoved him and ran. A four-member team headed by Kallambalam grade sub-inspector Jayan, civil police officers Sreejith, Vinod and Chandu chased him. Once Jaan understood that he had been cornered, he drew his knife and stabbed all four.
Sreejith was stabbed in the rib cage from behind and is lucky to be alive. Jayan and Chandu were admitted to a private hospital while Vinod is recuperating at the Parippally government medical college. The officers did manage to subdue him but were able to arrest him only after more police personnel from the Kallambalam police station arrived. Jaan was later remanded to judicial custody.
On that same day, at 1 am, a lorry carrying human excrement rammed into a police vehicle, when asked to stop. It was first sighted and asked to stop at Maradu but by the time it was intercepted, the driver had moved another 15 km, on the national highway. It was driven by Faijas from Kozhikode and the incident happened right in the heart of Ernakulam city.
Such criminals dump waste in waterways and in residential areas. Ideally, they should take it to corporation yards where disposal is charged a minor amount. The lorry hit a police jeep that blocked it near Edapally. Had the police personnel not run, none would have survived. How the driver of the jeep (who was still in the vehicle) escaped, is nothing but a miracle.
Faijas had no intention of stopping and had his vehicle not hit the road dividers, he would have escaped. Last heard, he was in the hospital with serious injuries.
Yogi Adityanath’s warning about UP suffering same fate as Kerala and West Bengal
A stage comes where police become wary of such criminal characters and will think twice before risking their lives. It is dangerous for society as a whole and will encourage more criminal-minded and radical elements to turn openly anti-social, with impunity. These are not one-off incidents as the Home Minister of Kerala, CM Pinarayi Vijayan, would want us to believe.
What is happening in Kerala is precisely what Yogi Adityanath had stated a few weeks back. He had warned the people of Uttar Pradesh that anarchy and politics go hand in hand. Yogi stated that Kerala is going the old Kashmir way where Islamists were free to run the show after the politicians had run the law and order machinery into the ground. Communists painted Yogi’s plain speaking as a ‘communal’ comment, but law-abiding Kerala Muslims also understood what the UP CM was saying.
The situation in Kerala is dire, to say the least. The state now owns local fuel stations Rs 2.5 cr and petrol pumps have refused to provide the police department with any more credit. The government response sounded even cruder when police higher-ups asked their personnel to approach the debt-ridden state transport corporation for some diesel. What this means, on the ground, is lesser police patrolling and an increase in crimes.
Having failed handsomely to maintain peace in their own state, the communist-led Kerala government became the laughing stock of the nation when their latest budget allocated Rs 2 crore for ‘world peace.’ Many in the know, commented that communist levies and commissions also need to be considered.