Cyclone Ockhi: Irate residents of Vizhinjam block Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's vehicle 

Some of them raised slogans protesting alleged government apathy toward their ordeals in the wake of the cyclone, which has claimed 19 lives in rain-related incidents.

Published: 03rd December 2017 11:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2017 09:17 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s vehicle being blocked by local residents at Vizhinjam on Sunday | Express Photo Service

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan faced the anger of the coastal population when he finally visited Vizhinjam on Sunday evening. He spent nearly half an hour at St Mary’s Church talking to the people and assuring them no effort would be spared in tracing the still missing men.

On his way out by 7 pm, a section of the local people blocked his official vehicle. Following the ‘blockade,’ reportedly in protest against his delayed visit to the Cyclone-affected coast, the Chief Minister cancelled the visit to Poonthura and returned to Thiruvananthapuram in Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran’s car. He had arrived at the church by 6.30 pm. Addressing the large crowd assembled inside the building, he said the state government stood with the concerns of the fishermen.

He said the calamity triggered by cyclone Ockhi was unprecedented and the government would offer all support to the people. Meanwhile, the local people demanded they too should be involved in the rescue operations.

Vijayan said the demand will be considered by the government. The protests began as he was about to leave the church. He was accompanied by Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan and the Tourism Minister. Earlier, it was announced the Chief Minister would visit Vizhinjam first and then proceed to Poonthura.


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