Strike was launched on Christmas day in 2006

Meeting, cultural events held on anniversary day

KARINTHARUVY CHAPPATH: Hundreds of people participated in the third anniversary observance of the agitation launched by the Mullaperiyar Samara Samithy here as the relay hunger strike entered the 1,097th day on Friday. The agitation was started by C.P. Roy and Fr Joy Nirappel on the Christmas day of 2006 with a 48-hour hunger strike and the relay hunger strike continued without break till today. The agitators are demanding the decommissioning of the century-old Mullaperiyar dam.

The public meeting held here was inaugurated by poet Kureepuzha Sreekumar. At the meeting, samithy chairman C.P. Roy said the agitation would continue till a final solution was achieved. The agitation is being held in the most peaceful manner and this was the reason why it received support from all quarters. He said the resolution passed in the Assembly for decommissioning the dam was a positive development towards protecting the lives and property of the people living in the downstream of the Peiyar. “Various organisations are now launching dharna and hunger strike not only in Karintharuvi Chappath but also in Vandiperiyar and Kumily,” he said.