Thickly populated places should be avoided when acquiring land for development activities in the district, BJP State general secretary K. Surendran has said.

He told a meeting organised by the party here on Wednesday that the land proposed to be acquired for the proposed Indian Institute of Science and Technology at Parappanangadi and the Information Technology Park at Areekode were in thickly populated areas.

Using power to acquire land which had houses, temples, and cemeteries would not be tolerated.

The party would lend support to people’s protest against such acquisitions, he added.

BJP district unit president K. Narayanan presided over the meeting.