Kochi Marine Drive moral policing quotation given by flat residents

Friday, Mar 10, 2017,12:37 IST By Dinesh Krishnan A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | police intelligence report says that the moral policing by Shiv Sena activists on Marine Drive in Kochi was the result of a quotation given by local residents.

Indications are that the quotation was given by inmates of the residential flats situated just behind the Marine Drive walk way.

Some of them are owned by high-ranking police officers in Kochi. Some of the residents had frequently complained to the police officers that romancing scenes at the walkway are sometimes obscene, and their children cannot stand on the balconies witnessing the same.

In an effort to control this trend, pink police was deployed on the walkway. But when the police questioned some of their activities, the romancing couples strongly protested, and forced the police to withdraw.

As the residents of the apartments continued complaining against the excessive romancing, police advised them to seek the support of social organizations, and hence they said to have approached the Shiv Sena.

Shiv Sena sources say they took the initiative on request by some of the parents, who reportedly encouraged the activists while they were chasing the young couples away.

Meanwhile, there are indications that police have been directed from the higher-ups not to take further actions in connection with the incident.

The presence of police force was marginal when the controversial incident took place. DGP has sought a detailed report from Kochi City Police regarding the incident, which pushed the Home Department and the police force to back foot.