Friday, October 9, 2015

Keep off road or police will strike, Chennithala warns plantation wrokers

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said that if plantation workers blocking roads under the aegis of united trade unions, do not end blockade, the police will have to interfere to disperse them.

The government respects the agitation held by the workers for their needs.  The police’ sentiment for the agitating Munnar workers was evident during the agitation. But the kind of protest in which roadways are blocked, bringing inconvenience to the public won’t be tolerated, the minster has said.   

The home minister was speaking at a press conference held after attending a high-level committee meeting convened to evaluate the status of Munnar stir. 

“We have got clear complaints about the agitators blocking ways in Wayanad, Idukii, Kottayam and Kollam district. Now and then we receive calls from patients who are on their way to hospital and tourists, who get stuck up in the blockade. People from other states are also facing trouble.  Considering all these difficulties, we are requesting the agitators to avoid blockades. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will again hold talks with strikers on Tuesday. Until then they should avoid blockades.   Police can’t remain mute spectators if there is law and order problem. We hope that they would withdraw strike in the interest of the public,” Chennithala said.

In the meeting held in home minister’s chamber on Thursday, home secretary Nalini Nato, State Police Chief T P Senkumar, Intelligence head A Hemachandran and Thiruvananthapuram Range IG Manoj Abraham were present.

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