Police told to protect Advani port

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Kochi, Aug 26 : The Kerala High Court on Friday told the police to ensure police protection for the Vizhinjam International Seaport where Church-backed fishermen are staging protests and disrupting construction work while making demands related to livelihood issues.

Justice Anu Sivaraman issued the direction while considering a petition filed by Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt Ltd and its contracting company Howe Engineering Projects seeking protection for their properties and their employees.

Issuing notices to the respondents, the court told the Station House Officer as well as the Police Commissioner to maintain law and order in the area.

Earlier, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Assembly that no one will lose their shelter and livelihood in Vizhinjam in connection with the construction activities of the port.

Assuring that the government was committed to find solution to genuine problems faced by the people, he said discussions can be held with the agitating fishermen.

But he said the constitution of the port cannot be dropped due to agitation by a section of the people.

Meanwhile, fishermen backed by the priests of the Latin Archdiocese continued their protests in front of the project site.

The construction activities at the port have been temporarily stopped by the Adani Group.

Earlier, Church Vicar General Eugene Pereira said the agitation will continue till the demands including proper compensation and an impact study of the project are accepted by the government.


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