10 out of 100 who looted fish farm in Kerala arrested

Alappuzha (Kerala), May 26 (IANS) Ten people, including eight women, out of the 100 people charged for stealing fish from a fish farm at Thuravoor near here have been arrested on Tuesday, police said.

Police Circle Inspector Y. Mohammed Shafi told IANS that the incident took place last Wednesday when about 100 people, all locals, reached the paddy fields where the fish farm of K.J. Michael was located, and took away various varieties of fish from there.

“Following the complaint, we started a probe and on Tuesday we have arrested 10 people, eight women and two men. They have been charged under IPC 379 (theft). Other sections of the present Disaster Management of unlawful assembly also will be looked into. Will definitely arrest the others also. A majority who took away the fishes are women,” he said.

“The mob who did this are locals who forcefully took away the various varieties of fishes that was being grown in the paddy fields converted into a fish farm,” said Shafi.

Michael's right hand is paralysed following an accident and in 2018, he took to fish farming at a leased paddy field at Thuravoor, which is basically a fishing hamlet.



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