They discharge harmful waste into sea; marine ecosystem gets spoiled: residents
: Demanding action against the companies involved in illicit garnet mining in the coastal areas of the district, a group of fishermen from various villages submitted petition to Collector C. Samayamoorthy during the weekly grievance day meet at the Collectorate here on Monday.
In the petition, they alleged that D. Joseph Praveen (21) of Kooththenkuzhi, who was working with a private garnet processing unit near Vijayapathi, was found dead mysteriously on the factory premises recently. As the body was taken to Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital at Aasaaripallam where the post-mortem was done without informing the victim’s parents, the villagers suspected that it was a murder and not an accident.
“The Collector should order for a comprehensive enquiry to bring out the truth,” said Leenas Angelo Rose, one of the signatories of the petition.
They said the garnet processing units, which were said to be indulging in an illicit mining on the seashore and the seabed for several decades, were discharging “harmful waste” into the sea to spoil the marine ecosystem.
A group of representatives from various Dalit outfits submitted petition to the Collector seeking the detention of Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss and a few others under the provisions of National Security Act and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 “for their comments on the members of the oppressed community with the intention of inciting violence.”
The petitioner said speakers at the ‘Anaiththu Samuthaaya Paeriyakkam’ meeting, organized by Dr. Ramadoss, “had delivered inflammatory and anti-Dalit lectures and encouraged their community members to unleash oppressive measures against the Dalits, in the guise of opposing inter-caste marriages.”
Since such speeches would undermine tranquillity in Tirunelveli district that had witnessed the gruesome communal murders in the past, the Collector should order their detention, they said.