Vizhinjam boils as pro and anti-port protesters clash
The vehicles were brought to the site after the Vizhinjam agitation committee promised the High Court on Tuesday that they would not stop them.
Published: 27th November 2022 05:57 AM | Last Updated: 27th November 2022 10:52 AM | A+A A-
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Tension prevailed for around four hours at the entry point of the under-construction Vizhinjam container terminal at Mulloor on Saturday after Vizhinjam agitation committee, led by Latin Archdiocese which opposes the project, and People Collective of Mulloor which favours the project, clashed with each other.
The clash erupted after Adani Group attempted to resume construction work by bringing in construction materials, including granite, to the port site. The company had written to the state government on resuming the construction work on Saturday.
The vehicles were brought to the site after the Vizhinjam agitation committee promised the High Court on Tuesday that they would not stop them. The court has also recorded the promise of the agitation committee. However, a large group of people assembled at the port site and blocked 27 trucks from 10am.
A large battalion of police was present at the site from morning.
Soon, Mulloor residents reached the site and they had a heated argument with the protesters. It later snowballed into a scuffle, with the agitators pelting stones at local residents even after the police and a few priests tried to calm them down. The protesters also chased away local people and pelted stones at a truck, and its windowpane got damaged. The police stationed at the spot managed to maintain law and order after the truck drivers were instructed to return around noon.
However, the protesters who remained at the spot demolished the ‘pandal’ (protest kiosk) of the People Collective of Mulloor and threatened local residents by reaching near their houses. Later, more police personnel rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The sub-collector and additional district magistrate reached the site and assessed the situation.The police said they are trying to avoid any law and order issue and managed to control the situation.