Kochi: The files set afire during the attack on the NHAI office in Kalamasseri by miscreants with affiliation to the CPI (Maoist) are said to be the records related to the Paliyekkara toll on National Highway near Thrissur. The police have so far interrogated more than 15 persons in connection with the incident. The incident has cast a blemish on the police force since the violence took place on the day which the Maoists had declared as ‘Action Day.’ The attack on the NHAI office in Kalamasseri was unleashed after closely observing the time when the sweeper left the office open after the cleaning works and when the office was least populated. A large number of documents related to the highway toll in Paliyekkara, Thrissur was destroyed in the fire.
The pamphlets recovered from the spot also carried slogans against the toll collectors. This has led the police suspect the attackers to have Thrissur connection. Besides, the attack on Nitta Gelatin office in the city weeks ago was also triggered by environmental issues in Thrissur. Interrogation of those who are under the veil of suspicion continues. The police is also trying to find answers to mismatching statements drawn during the questioning. The miscreants had also set ablaze applications and plans, which business major, Lulu had submitted in connection with National Highway in Edappalli. The police conducted raids in several houses and offices following the incident. The police also combed several locations where Leftist hardliners used to frequent. The attack was carried out amidst police patrols in nook and corner of the city in the wake of announcement by Maoists to observe January 29 as ‘Maoist Day.’ With the attack on Nitta Gelatin office in Kochi yet to be demystified the latest development has mounted tremendous pressure on the city police in Kochi.