KERALA

Waste disposal resumes at Pettippalam with police aid

Clearing the way:The police arresting protesters at Pettippalam on Tuesday to allow garbage vehicles of the Thalassery municipality to enter a landfill.  

The Thalassery municipality resumed waste disposal at Pettippalam with the aid of the police on Tuesday morning, amid dramatic scenes following the arrest of people protesting against the waste dump.

Waste disposal had been stalled since November 2011 with an agitation by the local people.

The police used force to arrest and remove the protesters to allow the garbage vehicles of the municipality to enter the landfill site. Soon after the police reached the spot, residents, including women and children, rushed to the spot to confront the force. The leaders of the action councils were arrested and removed from the scene by 7 a.m.

Later, more people gathered in the area to protest against the police action. The police arrested and removed the protesters.

Of the 58 people arrested, 21 were women. They were taken to the Thalassery town and Dharmadam police stations. The police said that the protesters threw stones at a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus and set ablaze one of the garbage trucks of the municipality.

At least five members of the action council who were injured in the police action have been admitted to a private hospital, while the driver of a garbage vehicle and another who received burns have been admitted to the General Hospital here. A day-long hartal was observed in the New Mahe panchayat in protest against the police action.