`Mock hanging` to protest land acquisition for Coimbatore airport

In a novel way to show their opposition to acquisition of land for the City airport`s expansion, residents of Chinniyampalam Saturday erected gallows and held `mock hanging` in public.

Updated: Aug 28, 2010, 15:28 PM IST

Coimbatore: In a novel way to show their
opposition to acquisition of land for the City airport`s
expansion, residents of Chinniyampalam Saturday erected
gallows and held `mock hanging` in public.

Some 410 houses are likely to be demolished following the
district administration`s decision to acquire about 630 acres
for the expansion to make the airport an International one.
The administration is awaiting approval from the state
government.

Opposing the move, the residents had staged protests in
different ways and last week hoisted black flags atop their
houses.

The residents erected the gallows near a Ganesha temple and
some of them `put a noose around their neck,` symbolising that
they had to one day hang themselves if their houses were
demolished, police said.

Police personnel were deployed at the spot.

PTI