Amidst reports that huge quantities of endosulfan, probably meant for spraying in the cashew estates of Plantation Corporation of Kerala Ltd., are buried in barrels at Nenchanparamba in Karadukka panchayat, the Endosulfan Victims and Remediation Cell has decided to visit the locality to gather evidence.

The decision was taken at a cell meeting held at the Collectorate conference hall here on Saturday after a few of its members lamented about the host of complicated diseases afflicting some residents in the locality.

The first meeting of the cell, chaired by Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan, decided to set up five sub-committees under the supervision of the five local MLAs and senior officials of the department concerned.

The meeting also decided to set up tribunals to redress the grievances of endosulfan-affected families in select panchayat limits.

The meeting assessed the successful organisation of an adalath recently at Kallar panchayat, an affected area. Another meeting of the cell would be held on May 30.

The Minister disbursed Rs.1.50 lakh of the Rs.5 lakh announced by the National Human Rights Commission as first instalment to the family of seven-month-old Mohammed Sinan, a resident of Ambalathara in Pullur-Periya panchayat, who died of hydrocephalus (accumulation of fluid in the brain) last month, and Shahjad, another boy who was a resident of Chemnad village.

The meeting was attended, among others, by local MLAs N.A. Nellikkunnu and E. Chandrasekharan, district panchayat president P.P. Shyamala Devi, District Collector Mohammed Sagir, and representatives of the local bodies.