Thiruvananthapuram: A section of locals raised strong protests against chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan when he reached Vizhinjam, where several fishermen have gone missing ffollowing the cyclonic storm Ockhi that hit the southern districts of Kerala.

A section of people ran towards the chief minister's vehicle shouting why there was delay in the chief minister visiting the place.

In the melee, a scuffle broke out between the police and the locals while the chief minister was escorted to a safe place.

The locals resorted to the protest even though the chief minister reached the place with heavy security.

The protest occurred around 7 pm when Pinarayi was returning after his visit.

The antenna of the chief minister’s car was damaged in the protest.  The chief minister had to return in minister Kadakampally Surendran’s vehicle as he was not able to enter into his vehicle due to the protest.  Earlier, the locals had staged protest against ministers Kadakampally Surendran, Mercykutty Amma and E Chandrasekharn when they visited the place.

The chief minister first reached the church in Vizhinjam around 6.30 pm.

Taking the volatile atmosphere into consideration, Pinarayi entered the church and addressed the people along with the priest. The priest said that there were lapses on the part of the government in conducting the rescue efforts.Several people including women had gathered to hear the Chief Minister.

Pointing out that Kerala has witnessed an unprecedented disaster, Pinarayi said that the government will stand by the people.

However, the locals said that they also should be included in the rescue efforts, to which the chief minister responded in the affirmative.