Tension prevailed for some time in front of the collectorate at Painavu here after agitators under the banner of High Range Protection Council blocked the entrance of the collectorate on Wednesday.

The agitation was organised to demand the distribution of condition-free title deeds to all farmers in the district. The agitators entered into a heated argument with a senior police officer who, they alleged, insulted a leader of the council.

The agitators also blocked traffic on the Thodupuzha-Kattappana road. Later, senior police officials assured them of taking action against the police officer. Hundreds of people participated in the collectorate blockade.