Around 60 police officers were injured in Kannur when the roof of the nalukettu (architectural structure) they were standing under collapsed onto them. The incident took place on Monday at 9.30 am when the team of officers was attending a study camp at Kanbay Beach resort at the Thottada Beach in Kannur and were standing under the nalukettu, which covered the open dining area. Nalukettu is a traditional architectural structure consisting of four pillars and a roof typically used to cover an open area.
Speaking to TNM regarding the accident, Kannur City Circle Inspector, Pradeepan said that around 67 police officials out of the hundred who were attending the camp have been injured due to the accident. A few of them have suffered minor fractures on their hands and legs no one is in a critical condition, Pradeepan told TNM.
“The injured police officers were immediately rushed to the AKG hospital, ESI hospital and Koyili hospital in the city,” said CI Pradeepan.
Praveena, the manager of the Kanbay resort told TNM that the police study camp, which had begun on November 1, was supposed to end on November 13. “On Monday, the event was yet to commence when the incident took place,” she said.
“There were eight people sitting on the stage. While they managed to escape with minor injuries, one man, who was complaining of a back pain, sustained more injuries as he could not run. He suffered a leg fracture,” said Praveena.
Meanwhile, CI Pradeepan said that an accident case will be booked against the resort.
The study camp was organised under the leadership of the Kannur District Committee of the Kerala Police Association. According to reports, the incident took place just before the arrival of the District Police Chief, G Siva Vikram, who was scheduled to attend the camp on Monday.
Praveena says that although the resort is 10 years old, it was renovated six months ago.