: The police have tightened security measures by deploying additional forces at the programme venues of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan here on Friday. Security has been stepped up in the wake of reports that some forums are planning to wave black flags at the Chief Minister in protest against the government's alleged laxity in announcing rehabilitation packages for Endosulfan victims and anomalies in allotment of land to landless people. The Chief Minister is scheduled to attend seven programmes in the district on Friday.
Reports here said the government's decision to restrict the issue of bio-metric cards to those afflicted with serious ailments has been criticised by activists working among those suffering from undiagnosed diseases suspected to be caused by aerial spraying of Endosulfan on the cashew estates of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala (PCK) over the last two decades.
A group of Dalit organisations led by ‘Malavetuvan Youth Movement' took out a march to to the Painikkara division of the Rajapuram cashew estate of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala on Thursday to press their demands. The police blocked the march at the gate of the estate. The protesters raised a demand to rehabilitate them on the PCK land. Their other demands included disbursement of compensation to Endosulfan victims by the PCK and destruction of the hazardous pesticides kept in the godowns of the PCK.