Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: M.K. Raghavan, MP, has said that he will join the Jana Jagrata Samiti in ‘direct action' against the district administration if the police ‘manhunt' against protestors who were part of Wednesday's clashes is not called off. (Local people were protesting against a survey for a proposed road widening).

People were fleeing their homes following indiscriminate raids on Thursday, he said while talking to mediapersons at the Calicut Press Club here on Saturday.

The government should clarify its stance on the Malikadavu-Kinalur Road. The Industries Minister and the District Collector had taken divergent stance on the issue, Mr. Raghavan said. “The Industries Minister said it was a feasibility survey for the road. District Collector P.B. Salim's press release seemed to suggest that the government had decided on everything regarding the road. The release even said a special package was offered to those who would lose their homes in the road widening,” Mr. Raghavan said.

“The Chief Minister and the Home Minister were outside the State on Wednesday when the lathicharge took place. Who was responsible for the massive police deployment and the subsequent action when a political delegation from the State was in New Delhi to press for reducing the width of the National Highway in the State,” he said.