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STP issue: police arrest Ramanthali protesters

Around 70 people who participated in the peaceful protest against the STP at INA being arrested at Ramanthali panchayat on Wednesday.  

The police arrested and removed local residents of Ramanthali who were on a sit-in on a road at Ramanthali on the 50th day on Tuesday demanding the closure of the sewage treatment plant (STP) of the Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala.

The Jana Arogya Samrakshana Samiti (JASS), which spearheaded the agitation, has called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Ramanthali panchayat on Wednesday in protest against the police action.

Road block

The road was blocked in the morning in protest against the inaction on the part of the authorities concerned regarding the demand for the STP’s closure.

JASS joint convener Sunil Ramanthali said around 70 persons who participated in the peaceful protest were arrested. The protesters, including women and children, were forcibly removed by the police. He said the action committee would continue the stir till the issue was solved.

The police said most of the arrested protesters were released at the police station. Five of them were remanded on non-bailable charges as they were involved in blocking vehicles of INA officials. Mr. Ramanthali was among the five remanded.

The others are action committee convener K.P. Rajendran, Vinod Kumar, K.T. Ratheesh and K.M. Arun Babu.

The JASS has demanded the relocation of the STP, which, it alleged, was contaminating well water.

Counter

The INA authorities have countered the allegation saying no agency, including the Centre for Water Resource Development and Management, Kozhikode, found anything to conclusively establish that the contamination was caused by the STP. Following talks held by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with INA authorities on March 30, the State government constituted an expert committee to submit a report on the exact cause of the contamination of water in the area.


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