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Lalur: hunger strike by social activist enters seventh day

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Samara Samithi seeks intervention of V.S. Achuthanandan

In support:Writer and social activist Sara Joseph addressing a public meeting on the Lalur issue in Thrissur on Sunday.
In support:Writer and social activist Sara Joseph addressing a public meeting on the Lalur issue in Thrissur on Sunday.

As the hunger strike by Lalur Malineekarana Viruddha Samara Samithi completed its sixth day on Sunday, more socio-cultural organisations came forward to express solidarity with the agitation.

Social activist K. Venu is observing a protest fast demanding removal of accumulated garbage from Lalur dump yard and implementation of Lalur Model Project for Solid Waste Management (LAMPS).

Addressing the public meeting in front of the Corporation office, writer Sara Joseph said the insensitivity of the authorities was provoking the public to resort to more harsh form of protests.

“Vilappilsala agitation by the local residents was a warning to the government, which refused to fulfil their responsibilities towards the public. The mass agitations across the world have proved people's might,” she said.

Minor fires continued to create tension at Lalur even after a fire which went on for a week was doused recently, said Samara Samithi leader T.K. Vasu. Meanwhile, the Samara Samithi sought the intervention of Opposition Leader V.S. Achuthanandan in the garbage issue again.

Mr. Achuthanandan had earlier intervened in the issue when he was Chief Minister. It was with his initiative that the LDF government approved the LAMPS, suggested by Kerala Agriculture scientist Pathiyur Gopinath.

“As he is busy with the campaigning for the Piravam by-election, Mr. Achuthanandan has promised to write to the Chief Minister seeking an immediate solution to the Lalur issue,” Mr. Vasu said.

Thrissur Rangachethana would stage a street play ‘Nagarapithavinte Virunnu' (Mayor's Feast), on Monday on the Lalur issue.

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