Neela wrote:The Fire Brigade blocked the runway by parking their vehicle. That is a serious breach of security and endangers lives of passengers. What if an aircraft needed an emergency landing at that time?
The Fire Brigade* staff is now trying to come up with a fig leaf of an explanation. That they were $hit scared of the CISF jawans who came armed from their barracks. They knew that a sound thrashing was inevitable and found that the only place for them to escape with the fire engines was the runway. But the question remains why should they try to make an escape using the fire engines?
what is the Fire Brigade's beef in this? The fact that they initiated ( as Kerala police seem to suggest) something this big and serious means they have a lot to loose. Dead giveaway from police POV.
From what I could glean from local media. The AAI staff including the Fire & Emergency folks had started to get the Kashmiriyat
kind of feelings (sense of entitlement), and they were not comfortable with the CISF being strict on security checks. The fire brigade staff member (AjiKumar??) had come without the required ID, and this is what triggered the tussle. It is also rumoured that this staff member was drunk. I tend to believe this a bit, as this chap and another fellow are hospitalised. An immediate detention of them, may have given more clues on being drunk. The staff member who was turned away from the gate, then summoned all his comrades using cell phone.
This airport is notorious for smuggling. In fact a gold smuggler/carrier was on the very flight which was diverted to Cochin when the fire brigade had parked the fire tenders on the run away. My impression is that every one -including the fire brigade staff - may have their own small smuggling rackets. Add to this the bloated ego which every Keralite government official has towards others, including them the CISF Naarthies
Newspapers screaming that 100+ CISF staff transferred ( gives impression that they are being punished) ....
I don't think it needs to be seen as a form of punishment. But even in a small fight people do try to separate both parties. The CISF got their transfer orders first, and the AAI staffers are getting theirs. I would consider this to be a punishment only if one party gets transferred. The central government seems to have taken this incident seriously, and have not been anti-CISF (unlike the media with vested interests, in Kerala). Nine fire brigade staff are in judicial custody, and two more of their heroes would get picked up when they come out of their hospital beds. K.P seems to be doing a honest job, till this time.
* Note: The Fire Brigade in question here are NOT the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services. This seems to be an outfit maintained by AAI only, but the staff seems to be overwhelmingly locals/Keralites.