Kerala police station raided over Adani port protest, case against 3,000 | News Bharat

About 40 policemen and many local residents were reportedly injured in the violence, police said.

Over 3,000 people were charged with unlawful assembly, rioting and criminal conspiracy charges on Monday following a violent attack on a police station in Kerala. A huge crowd demanded the release of those detained for protesting against the Adani port.

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  1. A violent mob attacked the Vizhinjam police station, located 20 km from the capital Thiruvananthapuram, last night as part of the ongoing protest against the under-construction Adani port. Police have registered a case against 3,000 identifiable people, including women and children, for vandalizing the station and injuring police personnel.

  2. On Saturday, protesters reportedly blocked trucks carrying construction materials to the site of the port project being developed by the Adani Group. Work resumed after a court directive last week gave the go-ahead for construction of a $900 million transshipment project.

  3. Construction work has been halted for the past three months as protesters, said to be led mostly by Catholic priests, have erected a large barricade blocking its entrance, saying the port’s development has caused coastal erosion and deprived them of from their livelihood.

  4. Fishermen and priests, including the archbishop of the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum, have been charged with attempted murder, rioting, assault, criminal conspiracy and obstructing public officials.

  5. At least 15 Latino Catholic priests are reported to be among over 100 people booked in multiple FIRs.

  6. Reports said that 25 trucks carrying stones to the project site were forced to move away and another 25 trucks at the project site were not allowed to leave the premises.

  7. This was followed by a counter-protest by supporters of the seaport and led to violent clashes, including stone-pelting, in which several people, including many policemen, were reported to have sustained injuries. It is also reported that an FIR has been booked against those who participated in the counter-protest in support of the seaport project.

  8. Around 40 policemen and scores of locals were reportedly injured in the ensuing violence, police said, adding that the protesters were demanding the release of one accused in a case registered on Saturday and other suspects, Leo Stanley, Muthappan, Pushparaj, and Shanks, who were taken into custody.

  9. The FIR says there was a loss of around Rs 85 lakh due to the attack.

  10. The district administration called an all-party meeting on Monday to resolve the issue. Meanwhile, the four arrested persons were released on bail after recording their arrest.

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