The members of the Ayyankali Pada, claimed to be a Maoist
group, have ransacked a go-down of Coca-Cola and other
soft drink products at Kadavanthara, near here, and tried
to set it ablaze. The blaze was put out by the Fire Force.
Nobody was injured and there was no major damage to property.
police commissioner Vinod Thomas says the modus operandi
suggested the involvement of the Ayyankali Pada. "The
attackers came singly and carried out the attack. They
did not use explosives."
to another police source, the attackers carried kerosene
in cans. They set on fire a few crates of soft drinks.
While fleeing, they shouted slogans against multinational
of the partners of the marketing firm that operates the
go-down said the attackers numbered around 15. According
to him, they raised slogans like "Ayyankali Pada
Zindabad." They brandished swords and iron rods.
employees were on the premises. Around 400 bottles and
a few crates were damaged, he said. The premises were
strewn with broken soft drink bottles and pamphlets, thrown
by the attackers, which carried "revolutionary messages."
pamphlets exhorted the people to boycott soft drinks manufactured
by "imperialists" and gave a call to destroy
such products, since they were found to contain "poisonous
pamphlet said attempts were being made at the state and
central government level to protect multinational soft
drink companies, despite laboratory findings that they
were "toxic." It stated: "The companies
are trying new ways to win over consumers. All democratic
powers should rally against the companies that put up
factories in Plachimada and Kanjikode, Palakkad."
of the Ayyankali Pada have in recent years planned or
resorted to a series of sporadic but high-profile acts
of violence in Kerala, seeking to highlight perceived
instances of injustice and inequity.
one sensational instance, they held hostage for nine hours
the district collector of Palakkad, W R Reddy, in his
office in 1996, over the issue of allotment of land to