A tense situation prevailed at Aranmula following reports that the Chennai-based KGS company was likely to launch work on its airport project at the Aranmula puncha on Thursday.

As many as 1,000 villagers, including women, assembled at the Iykara junction at the village headquarters from the morning to check any such move by the company.

The People’s Joint Action Council workers led by A.Padmakumar (CPI-M), Shaji Chacko (Congress), Pradeep Ayroor (BJP), Valsamma Mathew (CPI), P.Induchoodan, K.Haridas, P.R.Shaji, all Palliyoda-Pallivilakku Samrakshana Samiti leaders, Rajashekharan Nair (RSP), and N.G. Unnikrishnan and N.K. Nandakumar, Thiruvaranmula Paithruka Grama Karma Samiti, took out a march to the KGS office at Aranmula around 10.30 a.m.

The leaders addressed the gathering and the villagers dispersed around 11.50 am.

However, the situation turned tense when a bus reportedly carrying about 50 men from Malabar reached the KGS premises around 12.15 p.m. The villagers, under the leadership of the action council, reassembled before the KGS office.

Then nearly ten persons came in an Ambassador car and enquired about the company’s office. The villagers blocked the car from crossing the company’s gate and smashed its windowpanes. The car managed to speed past the Aranmula junction, escaping the wrath of the villagers.

A large posse of police was posted at Aranmula and the villagers laid siege to the KGS office.

TPGKS chief patron Kummanam Rajashekharan alleged that the company was trying in vain to construct the airport with muscle power and money power.

He said the people had foiled the bid of the KGS to launch construction work at the Aranmula puncha, violating rules.

The villagers dispersed and let the vehicle leave the office premises on an assurance given by the police that no work would be permitted at the disputed site.

Mr. Rajashekharan said the action council would launch an indefinite satyagraha and other agitations in front of the KGS office at Aranmula soon.

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