Kovalam liquor dumping issue: Police association opposes suspension of cop

Sivankutty and Steven.
Minister V Sivankutty met Swedish-native Steven in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.

Thiruvananthapuram: The state police officers association has protested the Kerala government decision to suspend an inspector for forcing a foreigner to dispose of liquor he had bought on New Year's eve.

In a video that has gone viral, cops can be heard telling a Kovalam-based Swedish entrepreneur to dump the liquor he had bought from a Bevco outlet, the bill for which was not his possession.

The association has claimed that the foreigner was taking the liquor to the beach -- which is prohibited -- and not to his residence.

The association has demanded an enquiry into the incident and has asked for the suspension to be annulled. It is understood that the grade assistant sub-inspector, Shaji has only five months of service until retirement.


Foreigner meets minister
Meanwhile, the foreigner, Steven, called upon minister V Sivankutty here on Saturday.

Addressing media persons after the meeting, Sivankutty said that it was an isolated incident.

"The state government promotes tourism and does not want any foreigner to face difficulties here. But he himself has said that what happened was an isolated incident. We cannot generalise the issue," said Sivankutty.

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