Police approach towards Vilappilsala stir draws flak

Criticising the police for failing to ensure the functioning of the Vilappilsala waste treatment plant, the Kerala High Court orally observed that option of bringing in Central police force should be considered.

A Division Bench of the court, comprising Acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon, made the observations while considering a contempt petition filed by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation against Vilappil panchayat and its residents.

Posting the case after one week, the court also said that the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Central government should be made parties in the case so as to find a solution to the waste management crisis.

The court also orally observed that the serious law and order issue that existed at the site was the result of police inaction.

Meanwhile, the Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation, in its affidavit, said the police had not provided adequate protection for the functioning of the plant. The police also did not take effective steps to remove the protestors from the site, it said.

‘Scaring away'

It also submitted that the panchayat authorities and the residents were trying to scare the Corporation away. The machinery (for a leachate treatment plant) that was brought from Pune could not be taken to the factory site owing to the non-cooperation of the police.

The Corporation was forced to unload the machinery on its office premises, it stated.