The construction of the port was stopped on Saturday under the leadership of the Vizhinjam Samara Samiti in violation of the oath and assurance given in the High Court. 27 lorries with rocks from Mudalappozhi reached Mullur at 10:30 in the morning. At this time there was an announcement to stop the lorries from the church in Adimalatura and go on strike. Later, around 500 parishioners reached the protest site and stopped the lorry. Lawrie demanded to be changed and glasses were thrown.
Meanwhile, Janakiya Samiti workers, who are struggling for the construction of the port, also reached the spot. This caused a conflict between the two groups. Five people, including a policeman, were injured. Aneesh of the armed battalion suffered a fracture in the stone. Binu and Abhilash of Janakiya Samiti have also been injured. All three were admitted to the Medical College Hospital. During the conflict, the Pandal of the People’s Action Committee was demolished by the Latin Action Committee members. Police intervened and brought the situation under control.
Around 300 policemen were deployed on the spot under the leadership of City Police Commissioner Spurgeon Kumar. Three Asst. Commissioners and six CIs were present. Sub-Collector Ashwati Srinivas also visited the spot.
In the evening Collector Jeromick George, Ashwathi Srinivas and ADM Anil Jose held a discussion with the leaders of the Samara Samiti and the People’s Samara Samiti. The collector said that the aim is to prevent violence from any side. Spurgeon Kumar informed that a special report will be given to the High Court on the incident. The Adani Port Authority will also inform the court about the violence of the Latino strike group when it hears the case on Monday.
The target was communal violence
Vizhinjam anti-port protest committee gathered in anger for communal riots in Vizhinjam. On the 22nd, the strike committee had given an assurance and an affidavit in the High Court that it would not block the construction of the port. In violation of all this, the lorries that came with rocks were stopped. People were recruited for this through the church. Earlier, the state government had accepted the six demands raised by the protesters. Orders were also issued. The government has made it clear that the construction of the 7th necessary port cannot be stopped. An expert committee was also formed to conduct a study to find out whether port construction is the cause of coastal erosion.
The Adani Port authorities decided to lay the stone on Saturday after getting the High Court’s directive and the government’s permission. The strike committee intended to prevent it and cause casualties by pelting stones and violence.
The police report that the violence was aimed at rioting. Port construction has not been going on for three months. Local residents are furious. Vicar General Eugene Perera, who heads the strike committee, is well aware of this situation. At every stage, the government tried to prevent the peaceful atmosphere from breaking down. However, the strike committee was not ready to understand the government’s approach or stand by it.
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