Tension is prevailing in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border near Kumily check post with a hundreds of protestors marching towards the check post from Lower Camp in Tamil Nadu.

Police force led by George Varghese, Idukki District Police Chief, had positioned near the check post anticipating trouble.

The protestors were stopped at nearly 200 metres from the check post by the Tamil Nadu police at around 1 p.m. The local police were backed-up by the members of the India Reserve Battalion. Later, police officials from Armed Reserve Police and Kerala Armed Police had joined the forces at the check post.

Asra Garg, Superintend of Police, Madurai, held discussions with the senior police officials of the State regarding the law and order situation.

R. Sreelekha, Inspector General of Police, central zone, had reached Kumily on Sunday morning and held discussions with the officials. She had also visited the Rosapookandam near the check post where some miscreants had unleashed violence on Saturday.

More police officials are expected to reach the spot considering the escalation in tension. The police have clamped prohibitory orders at Kumily area following the incidents. Shops and commercial establishments were closed in the afternoon fearing violence. The thoroughfare through the check post remained closed for days together as the protestors had blocked the road.

Traders of Kumily supported the police forces of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, who were stationed near the check post, by providing them drinking water and bananas.

“We offered water and bananas to the police forces of both States as a goodwill gesture,” said Joy, president of the Kumily unit of traders.