VD Satheesan and Pinarayi Vijayan. Photo: ANI, Mathrubhumi Archives
Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader V D Satheesan on Sunday said that the FIR against the Archbishop of Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum over the Vizhinjam port protest was unacceptable.
"Cases have been registered against nearly 50 priests. This cannot be accepted. Now it seems like the Pinarayi Vijayan headed government will do anything for the Adani Group. The Latin Church's allegation that the violence was orchestrated by the government is a serious one," he said in a statement on Sunday.
Satheesan said the United Democratic Front had earlier pledged support to the protesters and will continue to do so.
Multiple cases have been registered against at least 15 Latin Catholic priests, including metropolitan Archbishop Thomas J Netto in connection with the violent anti-seaport protests that took place at Vizhinjam here.
Section IPC 143 (Unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 447 (criminal trespass), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) are slapped against them.
The police have registered a case based on a complaint filed by people's forum, a group of people, which supports the project, that the anti-seaport protesters attacked them.
The Latin Catholic church, which has been leading the protests in the coastal village of Vizhinjam for over 100 days, today urged the believers to protest against the Left dispensation.
An audio clip has been doing rounds in which one of the priests was heard asking the parishioners to gather at the protest site.
(With PTI inputs)