DYFI to take out processions

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) State committee will take out marches on Friday to courts in all districts and the High Court in protest against the High Court verdict directing the Perumatty grama panchayat to renew the licence of the Coca-Cola plant at Plachimada.

At a press conference, A. Pradeepkumar, DYFI State secretary, said that the High Court verdict was unfortunate. He said the ruling deprived the panchayat of its lawful rights and powers. Moreover, it created anxiety among the people of Plachimada. According to him, the denial of drinking water was tantamount to denial of the people's right to life. The ongoing agitation launched by the people of Plachimada was for securing this right.

The DYFI will take a decision on the mineral sand-mining issue only after getting the opinion of an expert body on all aspects of the issue, he said. The John Mathew Commission had made recommendations only regarding the legal aspects of the issue. He said that mineral sand continued to be mined in certain parts of the State. However, people were protesting against the mining only in areas where it affected their livelihood.

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