The construction of the port was stopped on Saturday under the leadership of the Vizhinjam Samara Samiti contrary to the oath and assurance given in the High Court. 27 trucks 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 arrived at the site of the protest and stopped the truck. Lawrie demanded to be changed and threw away glasses.
Meanwhile, the workers of Janakiya Samiti, which is struggling to build the port, also reached the spot. This caused conflict between the two groups. Five people, including a policeman, were injured. Aneesh of the armored battalion cut a breach in the stone. Binu and Abhilash of Janakiya Samiti are also injured. All three were admitted to the Medical College Hospital. During the clash, the Pandal of the People’s Action Committee was demolished by members of the Latin Action Committee. The police intervened and brought the situation under control.
Around 300 policemen were deployed at the scene under the leadership of the City Police Commissioner, Spurgeon Kumar. Three donkeys. Commissioners and six CIs were present. Sub-Collector Ashwati Srinivas also visited the place.
In the evening Collector Jeromick George, Ashwathi Srinivas and ADM Anil Jose held a discussion with the leaders of the Samara Samiti and Samara Samiti y Pobl. The collector said the aim is to prevent violence from any side. Spurgeon Kumar said 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 group’s violence on the Latino strike when it hears the case on Monday.
The target was communal violence
Vizhinjam anti-port protest committee gathered in anger over communal riots in Vizhinjam. On the 22nd, the strike committee had given assurances and an affidavit in the High Court that it would not hinder the construction of the port. Contrary to 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 given. The government has made it clear that the construction of the necessary 7th port cannot be stopped. An expert committee was also formed to conduct a study to find out if the construction of ports 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’s intention was to stop it and cause casualties through stone throwing and violence.
The police report that the aim of the violence was riot. 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 step, the government tried to prevent the peaceful atmosphere from breaking down. However, the strike committee was not prepared to understand the government’s attitude or stand by it.
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