Talks to end NGIL

agitation fail

Talks called by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Wednesday to end the agitation against Nitta Gelatin India Limited (NGIL) at Kathikudam in Thrissur district did not succeed.

Leaders of the action council walked out of the meeting with Mr. Chandy when he did not accept their demand for the company’s closure. They, later, told the media that the action council would block the company’s functioning on Thursday from dawn to dusk.

The Chief Minister reportedly asked MLAs T.N. Prathapan and V.D. Satheeshan and other leaders representing the action council that Thrissur District Collector had been asked to study the veracity of the complaint of the agitators that the company was polluting Chalakkudy river with its effluent discharge.

The Collector would give his report within a week. Mr. Chandy, reportedly, asked the agitators to wait till the government received the report. — Special Correspondent