Thiruvananthapuram: The Adivasi families from Arippa have started their 100-hour strike (Kanjiveypu protest) in front of the secretariat. The families are led by Adivasi Dalit progressive front. The strike will complete one hundred hours by Monday.
Former BSP state secretary Saji K Cheraman inaugurated the second day of the ‘Kanjiveypu’ strike on Friday. The strike, carried out by Adivasi families, including women and children, demands allocation of agricultural land to the adivasis and re- examining the ban on paddy cultivation which was being practiced in the controversial land.
Adivasi tribal community organization leader M Geethanandan, CS Murali were also part of the second day’s protest.
The initial decision was to leave Kulathuppuzha on December 29, by foot, and reach the Chief Minister’s residence on December 31, where they would prepare the ‘Kanji’ as part of the protest. However, they had to shift the protest to the secretariat as their leaders were arrested by the police.