The Adani Group on Friday moved the Kerala High Court seeking the help of the Central powers to continue construction of the Vizhinjam seaport in Thiruvananthapuram, which has been marred by violent protests that recently halted work.
Justice Anu Sivaraman, while hearing a plea filed by the Adani Group against obstruction and blockade due to protests, asked the state and central governments to discuss the possibility of deploying central forces.
The court asked the state and central governments to file their reply on Adani Group’s petition and the matter will be heard further on December 7.
Meanwhile, the state government informed the court that cases have been registered against multiple persons, including the bishop, in connection with the violence and five persons have been arrested.
However, the Adani Group told the court that many accused in the case, including many priests, were still at the protest site.
The group also claimed that the police investigation into the case was a farce.
The Kerala High Court was informed on November 28 by the state government that steps would be taken to recover the losses suffered by the protesters due to the violent protest and attack over the Vizhinjam sea port incident.
The state government had earlier informed the court that 40 policemen were injured in the attack on Vizhinjam police station in which 3,000 protesters took part.
The court has repeatedly asked the protesters not to block the road to the port premises and asked the government to remove the shed erected by the agitators as part of their protests.
However, on November 7, the government told the court that it could not demolish the protest tents at the port due to the presence of children, pregnant women and the elderly among the agitators.
The Adani Group had earlier said that the court’s order to provide police security for the construction work had not been complied with. She also demanded the demolition of a tent placed at the protest site.
A large number of people have been staging protests in front of the main entrance of the multipurpose sea port in nearby Mulloor for several months.
They are pushing for their seven-point charter with demands that include halting construction work and conducting a coastal impact study on the multi-crore project.
Protesters say the unscientific construction of groynes, the artificial sea walls as part of the upcoming port at Vizhinjam, is one of the reasons for the increasing coastal erosion.
The Supreme Court in its interim order on October 19 made it clear to remove the obstructions created by protesters at the port entrance and asked the state government to implement it.
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