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Nita Gelatin: 12 activists held

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Thrissur: The police arrested 12 activists of the Nitta Gelatin India Limited Action Council after they allegedly blocked lorries transporting waste from the Nitta Gelatin India Limited and smashed the windscreens of a vehicle each at Kathikudam and Karayaparambu on Thursday.

The Koratty police arrested eight activists after they allegedly blocked two lorries and pelted another with stones at Kathikudam around 7 a.m. The arrested are K.M. Anil Kumar, convener of the council, K.M. Sunil Kumar, P.C. Gopi, M.C. Gopi, Joji Thelekkattu, Paulachan, Jinson and Thankachan. “The arrested refused to furnish bail applications. When they were produced before the Chalakudy Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, the arrested refused to apply for bail and were remanded in judicial custody,” an officer with the Koratty police said.

The Koratty police arrested Thresiamma Mathew and Radha around 8 a.m. under Section 151 (detention to prevent perpetration of cognisable offences) of the Code of Criminal Procedure after they blocked lorries. They were released later.

The Angamaly police arrested Jayan Joseph Pattathu and Johnson after they allegedly blocked a lorry transporting waste from NGIL when it reached Karayaparambu and smashed its windscreen. They were released on bail later.

NGIL activists said that waste allegedly contained hazardous material. “A few studies have proved this. The Action Council plans a series of protest measures from Friday,” said K.M. Anil Kumar, convener of the council.

D. Ravindranath, executive director of NGIL, said the activists attacked the lorries without any provocation. “On Wednesday, they had threatened the company with serious consequences if waste was transported,” he said.

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