Vizhinjam protest turns violent; all-party meeting today


Around 2,000 fishermen marched to the police station on Sunday night and vandalised the front office. Around 36 policemen have suffered injuries in the clashes and 8 among them are reportedly in serious condition. 

Vizhinjam protest | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The anti-port protest in Vizhinjam turned violent on Sunday night after the protesters surrounded the police station demanding the release of those who were taken into custody in connection with the clash on Saturday.

Around 2,000 fishermen marched to the police station on Sunday night and vandalised the front office. Atleast 36 policemen have suffered injuries in the clashes and 8 among them are reportedly in serious condition.



Meanwhile, Selton, who was arrested in connection with the protests, was remanded in judicial custody. An all-party meeting will be held on Monday to restore peace in the area.

Conciliatory talks will be held with coastal residents, archdiocese representatives and the district collector on Monday morning. A fresh case will also be registered against the police station attack.

According to the protest committee, around 30 protesters, including priests, suffered injuries in the attack. The angry mob also tore off FIR documents.

“At present, the situation is under control,” said ADGP MR Ajith Kumar.

The church leadership reportedly held talks with the collector and police commissioner on Sunday night. “Peace was prioritised in the first phase of talks and the discussions will continue,” said Fr. Eugene Pereira.

Meanwhile, the protesters vandalised four police vehicles during the clashes. A policeman suffered a broken leg while others were detained in the police station.

The police fired tear gas three times but the crowd did not disburse or back off. The clashes continued till late Sunday night. The protesters also interrupted traffic in the area and blocked entry for journalists.

The protest against the Adani port in Vizhinjam turned violent on Saturday after clashes erupted between protesters and police officers over attempts to resume the port construction activities.

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