Kovalam liquor dumping issue: SI's suspension revoked after two weeks

Kovalam liquor issue
Swede Steven talks with policemen on the roadside on New Year's eve. Screengrab.

Thiruvananthapuram: The suspension of Kovalam police sub-inspector Shaji has been revoked two weeks after he was accused of forcing a foreigner to dump liquor on the roadside.

The police officers association had protested the decision and Shaji had written to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan arguing his innocence.

Shaji had claimed that the internal enquiry commission had not listened to his version of the incident that occurred on New Year's eve at Kovalam here.

A video of the incident captured by a commuter showed a number of policemen asking a Swedish national to dump liquor in his possession, for which he had failed to collect bills from the Bevco outlet.

The incident had created quite a furore with fingers pointed at the cops' unfriendly behaviour towards tourists.

Shaji, in his letter, had said that the foreigner had been staying at Kovalam for the last four years and that he was headed toward the beach with the liquor, which was not permitted.

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