February 24th, 2012
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Kerala police ‘inactive’, CRPF to be called to handle Vilappilshala issue: HC

High-court decision on Villapilshala issueKochi: The High court castigated the police’s “inactiveness “with regard the Vilappilshala waste disposal issue. According to the court the police have not executed their duty. The high court stated that the police has been inactive in executing the Court directive in connection with the Vilappilshala garbage issue. As the Kerala police has been ineffective, the Centre along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) must be made plaintiffs in the case, the court observed.

In the January 23rd High Court verdict the court declared that the Vilappilshala waste disposal plant should be reopened under police protection and must begin functioning.  All corporation vehicles and workers would be allowed to enter the plant with police protection.

The court has asked the plant to function in accordance with the rules and regulations put down by the Pollution control board. “Waste exceeding 92 tonnes should not be disposed off at the plant”, the court had stated. “All waste products including plastic waste must be disposed at the plant,” the court directed. The court had also asked the corporation to submit an affidavit stating that the piled up waste shall be disposed off in this manner.

The City Corporation had decided to resume the movement of garbage to the Vilappilshala plant. The Vilappil panchayat members however took a resolute stand to resist this move. Thousands of people including women and children led by the Janakeeya Samara Samithi activists staged a blockade in the Vellanadu- Vilappilshala road.

Though the police tried to drag away the protestors, mainly women and children from the site of agitation they failed to bring the situation in control or create an impact on the protest. The resolution and steadfastness of the agitators could not be shaken. Finally the police gave in and retracted from Vilappilshala. The protestors celebrated and sense of jubilation filled the air. The agitators were seen smiling and raising the ‘thumbs up’ sign in victory.

 



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