THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Vizhinjam fishermen staged a protest, halting the vehicle of Ahammad Devarkovil, Kerala state Minister for Ports. Their demand centered on the promised compensation for those who lost their livelihood due to the construction of the Vizhinjam International Port, Thiruvananthapuram.
The protest occurred while Ahammad Devarkovil was attending a program in Kovalam, for disbursing compensation to a group of fishermen. The protesting fishermen accused the state government of bias and discrimination in allocating compensation to those affected by the port’s construction. They claimed that compensation is disbursing only to a group of fishermen.
The protesters halted Minister Ahammad’s entry to the compensation program. Soon, the police forcefully cleared the way for the minister. The fishermen engaged in protests, expressing concerns about the port’s adverse impact on their livelihoods.
Allegations arose that the government initially promised compensation for all affected fishermen but is now selectively distributing it to only a specific group, leaving others without support.
Following the disruption, Minister Ahammad briefly attended the event and soon