Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The action council spearheading the struggle against the alignment of the power line from Koodamkulam Nuclear Power Station to Thrissur has decided to intensify its agitation as the government remains unresponsive to their demand.

They have decided to form panchayat level action councils and to prevent the officials from entering their farmland, said Sobichan Abraham, convener of the council.

He said that in the past two and half years of the struggle, they had participated in several talks at various levels. However, the authorities had always turned a blind eye to their grievances.

The Chief Minister, the Power Minister and the Kerala State Electricity Board authorities had taken an apathetic stance even in the last round of talks held in mid- May.

The council will convene a meeting of the aggrieved farmers to decide on the future course of action, he said, and added that the convention scheduled to be held on June 22 here would give shape to a sustained struggle against the authorities who, according to him, had refused to give a hearing to the suggestions made by the farmers.

Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the meeting.

As a prelude to the convention, the council will take up a Janajagratha Yatra from Kulathurmuzhi to Njeezhoor, Mr Abraham said.

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