Protests by the Nitta Gelatin India Limited (NGIL) Action Council against the alleged environmental pollution caused by the Kathikudam facility of the NGIL continued on Thursday after talks in Thiruvananthapuram involving the agitators, company officials and the government failed on Wednesday.
The talks were chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Representatives of the Action Council had walked out of the meeting after the government ruled out their demand for closing down the company. The government had, however, stated that it would enforce controls over the company. NGIL officials maintained that there was no need to close down the company as it strictly followed the guidelines of the Kerala State Pollution Control Board.
The NGIL started functioning on Thursday after having suspended its operations for three days on an order issued by the District Collector.
Five members of the Action Council lay siege to the company on Thursday morning following a protest meeting inaugurated by environmentalist C.R. Neelakantan.
Girija Lohithakshan, Mini Vijayan, Babu Nambadan, Sanoop and Ramesh were arrested around 1.30 p.m.
The Chalakudy Magistrate Court granted them bail.
They initially refused to take bail from the court.
Mr. Neelakantan said the government would not be able to crush the agitation against the NGIL.
BJP State president V. Muraleedharan visited Kathikudam in the evening and expressed solidarity with the agitators.
Youth Congress State secretary Sunil Lalur demanded the resignation of V.D. Satheesan, president of the NGIL Employees’ Union (INTUC).
Protestors walked out of the meeting
after government ruled out their demand for closing down the company.