THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ∙ Yesterday was an active day for persuasive efforts to settle the fishermen’s strike which has been going on for 39 days in Vizhinjam. The Chief Minister directed the cabinet sub-committee to discuss with the representatives of the strike committee. In the morning Archbishop Dr. Thomas J. Neto and Mon. Eugene H. Pereira also reached Pattam Bishop’s House and met with Cardinal Mar Baselios Klimmes Katholika Bava. Then Minister Antony Raju interacted with the Chief Minister after meeting the Cardinal. Meanwhile, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala and his team met the Archbishop.
At three in the afternoon, the executive committee meeting of the strike committee discussed the government’s position. Besides the archbishop, 15 people including assistant bishops R. Christudas, Eugene H. Pereira participated.
Archbishop Emeritus Dr. Under the leadership of M. Susapakyam, prominent people from the spiritual and social spheres of the capital visited Vizhinjam yesterday. After visiting the fishermen who were injured in the conflict, the team also reached the Samarapanthals in Mullur. At the same time, Vizhinjam port local people’s association accused the peace effort as one-sided.
The plea for NIA was rejected
Kochi ∙ Rt. demanded that the investigation into the violent incidents during the strike against Vizhinjam port should be handed over to NIA. DySP and native of Vizhinjam P. The High Court dismissed the petition filed by Gopakumaran Nair. The Chief Justice S. Manikumar, Justice Shaji P. A division bench comprising Chali dismissed the petition.
English Summary: Discussion on Vizhinjam protest