A tense situation is prevailing at Vilappilsala after the garbage-laden trucks reached the area with full police protection amid strong protests raised by thousands of agitators including women and children.
Later the police force was withdrawn temperorily. The Congress party has called for a hartal in Vilappilsala panchayat tomorrow as a protest against the brutal police action on the agitators here on Monday in which district panchayat member was injured.
The District Administration has clamped Prohibitory orders under section 144 of IPC in Vilappilsala area for one week following clashes between the police and the agitators here on Monday in connection with the garbage issue.
The Vilappilsala area continued to simmer with tension as hundreds of agitators including women and children, who are staging a sit-in-protest, clashed with the police here on Monday.
The police used brutal force to arrest the agitators which led to a scuffle between the police and the protesters, who pelted stones at the police. Even though the police requested the agitators to retreat and allow the garbage movement to Vilappilsala plant, they refused.
The agitators pelted stones at the police in which a Assistant Sub-Inspector was injured. The police launched teargas shells at the agitators to disperse the agitated mob.
A tense situation is prevailing in Vilappilsala after the garbage laden trucks reached the area with full police protection amid the strong protests raised by the thousands of agitators including women and children.
The agitators are staging a sit-in-protest and shouting slogans demanding the police to retreat from the area. Meanwhile the police requested the agitators to allow the garbage movement to Vilappilsala plant on the basis of the High Court directive.
The Janakeeya Samara Samithy along with the local residents of the Vilappilsala have informed that they would at any cost block the corporation vehicles laden with garbage. Meanwhile the Corporation has informed that they would resume the garbage movement to the Vilappilsala plant with tight police protection.
The Corporation will first process the accumulated un-treated garbage inside the plant before resuming collection and transportation of garbage from the city.
Vilappilsala waste treatment plant was reopened on February 4 amid the protest from the Janakeeya Samiti and the panchayath. A team led by ADM PK Girija entered the plant after breaking open the lock with the help of police. A large posse of police had been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incidents.
The Kerala High Court in its order earlier directed the state government to reopen the Vilappilsala solid waste treatment plant and allow entry of garbage vehicles into the plant. The court also ordered the government to provide necessary police protection to the plant.