KOCHI: Three persons were arrested and five others booked by Kochi city police for allegedly assaulting the staff of a hotel, putting soil in the food kept for sale and damaging properties at the premises in Edappally on Tuesday night. The incident took place at ‘Taal Kitchen’, at Marottichuvadu in Edappally at around 10pm.

The arrested were identified as Mohammed Ismail (22) and Mohammed Salah (25) of Kozhikode and Ashique NP (22) of Balusserry. Five others, who were part of their gang, have been arraigned as accused in the case.
The arrested, along with another accused and two others, came to the hotel and were seated in the family room, police said. However, they allegedly started consuming alcohol. When the hotel staff questioned this, the group reacted harshly and later left the place. They returned with their accomplices at around 10.30pm and assaulted the staff and the owner. One of the victims suffered a fracture on his finger. The gang allegedly put soil and stones on the prepared food and caused damage worth around Rs 90,000 at the hotel premises. A small quantity of ganja was reportedly recovered from one of the accused.

“The accused persons have been slapped with non-bailable charges. The arrested persons have been remanded in judicial custody. A probe is underway,” said Thrikkakara police sources.

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