For two hours today, protesters threw stones at the police, who responded with lathicharge. The protesters, in retaliation, burnt tyres and blocked the road for an hour.
Locals say they are worried about 32 families being displaced with their houses falling on the land meant to be acquired for the proposed 50-metre expansion.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala slammed the state government saying, "this is not a police state that Pinarayi Vijayan is ruling. He should understand the need to have discussion and include people in his decisions. Despite promising an all-party meeting on this issue, the government has not moved in that direction."
Public Works Department Minister G Sudhakaran had said in the Assembly that the government does not want to displace mosques, temples, or any places of worship for the expansion of National Highway but would ensure best possible compensation to affected people.
Last month, CPM supporters had set on fire the tents of protesters, who were against the acquisition of paddy fields for the expansion of National Highway in Kannur.
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