Priest, others arrested for protest against quarrying in Ramapuram

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016,11:55 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kottayam | A hartal has been called in Ramapuram on Wednesday in protest against the arrest of a Catholic priest and 24 others in Ramapuram.

Thomas Ayilukkunnel, vicar of a church in Kurinji in Ramapuram panchayat, representatives of local bodies and several anti-quarrying activists were among those arrested when they staged a protest against quarrying Tuesday, police said.

Those who were remanded to custody include Jeenas Nath, Mathachan,and DCC General Secretary C T Rajan

They were leading an agitation against a quarry operating in Kottamala in Kurinji.

The agitators staged a dharna in front of a village office, allegedly blocking the movement of Pala Revenue Divisional Officer, police said.

The arrested priest and activists were later produced before a local court which remanded them to judicial custody.

Protesting against the arrest, the Congress, the BJP and people’s movement against quarrying have called for a day-long strike in Ramapuram.