January 21, 2022

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Swede forced to throw away booze, Kerala cop suspended

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Swede forced to throw away booze, Kerala cop suspended
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Swede forced to throw away booze, Kerala cop suspended
Swede forced to throw away booze, Kerala cop suspended

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Following outrage over the alleged high-handedness by a police team in Kovalam that forced a Swedish national to dispose of liquor that he had purchased from a state-owned liquor outlet (video of which has gone viral) for not carrying the purchase bill, sub-inspector (grade) Shaji, who led the police team attached to Kovalam police station, was placed under suspension by Kerala Police chief.
The police department initiated the disciplinary action following the intervention of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and tourism minister P Mohammed Riyas.
While the CM sought a report from the police department on whether Swedish national Steven Asberj faced public humiliation, the tourism minister slammed the police action.
Riyas said the tourism sector is going through a huge crisis following the Covid-19 pandemic and such actions by the police would hamper efforts to revive the sector. Riyas said authorities concerned must make sure that officers who take such actions, that go against the policies of the government, must face the music.
Meanwhile, minister V Sivankutty met Steven and offered him the government’s support. The minister told the Swedish national that “it was an isolated incident that would not be repeated”.
Police were quick to defend officers involved in the harassment on Friday. A few hours after the visuals of the incident went viral on social media, the city police commissioner’s office issued a statement defending the officers.

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