Dam row: Border town normal, all-party meet on

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 12:42

Thiruvananthapuram: An all-party meeting to
discuss the Mullaperiyar Dam row is underway in the state
capital even as the situation was on Tuesday normal in Kumali town
on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, where prohibitory orders are
in force after incidents of stoning of vehicles.

The meeting is being held here to discuss the latest
turns on the dam issue.

Kerala government has welcomed the official level talks
on the vexed issue arranged by the Centre later this month.

Prohibitory orders were enforced in Kumali town last
night following stray incidents of stoning of vehicles and
gathering of people as part of the Mullaperiyar Dam campaign.

Idukki District Collector E Devadasan said this morning
that there was no hurdle for vehicles passing through the
border check post.

However, the flow of vehicles from Tamil Nadu, including
those carrying Ayyappa pilgrims, has been thin since last
night as many of them had been stranded at Theni in Tamil Nadu
in the wake of tension on both sides, he said.

The district officials had contacted their counterparts
at Theni and asked them to allow the stranded vehicles bound
for Kerala to proceed as there was no hurdle on their way,
Superintendent of Police Goerge Varghese said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has appealed to all those
participating in the campaign to exercise utmost restraint and
said nobody would be allowed to take law into their hands.


First Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 09:02

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