Documentary on river

Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: A documentary film, `Moozhgum Nadhi,' on the birth of Tamiraparani, lifeline of Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts on the Western Ghats, and its encounter with encroachers and polluters on the plains, was released here on Friday.

Directed and produced by P. Kathir of Tirunelveli, the 60-minute movie revolves around the civilisation born on the banks of the river, which helps farming operations on over 86,107 acres in the two districts though most of its channels have been systematically encroached upon at several places.

Moreover, the film also narrates the current move to sell the river water to a private soft drink manufacturing unit.

Vaigai Kumarasamy of `Pachchaiyam' released the first copy of the DVD and former MLA R. Krishnan received it.

Though this documentary film was to be screened in the hall of a private lodge at Tirunelveli Junction, the organisers were forced to shift the venue to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) office at Sindhupoondurai after the police opposed it. As the screening was going on, a police team, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), N. Bhaskaran, was deployed in front of the office of CPI (M).

The party leaders had a heated argument with the police, who left the place immediately.Police sources said the organisers should have obtained prior permission from the police to screen the documentary movie as the model code of conduct was in force. As they did not get any permission, policemen were deployed and future course of action would be taken after taking into consideration legal aspects of this case.