Raising grave concerns, and what seems to be a major local revolt during the Pandemic, the residents of Poonthura ward in the critical containment zone came out of homes in large numbers, violating all social distancing norms and staged a protest. Freedom of movement and supply of essential commodities are their two main demands.
People alleged that strict policing has become harassment. Even though going out to make purchases of essential commodities are allowed, the police are stopping people on roads and harassing them. They also complained that they are facing shortage of essential commodities and demanded free ration through mobile units of civil supplies department or consumerfed.
The police and district administration authorities are holding talks with them. They have promised to look into the concerns of the residents.
The alarming rate at which Covid-19 positive cases are reported each day in Poonthura Manikyavilakam and Puthanpally wards had prompted the government to declare a triple lockdown in the capital city which came in force from Monday onwards. On Thursday, the district collector declared the three wards as critical containment zones. Police too deployed more men, including a unit of 25 commandos armed with guns, in the critical containment zone to strictly enforce social distancing.
The strict measures being taken in these wards located in the coastal region have also given rise to dissent among many, who alleged that a narrative is being built by the government blaming the fishermen community here for the cause of super spread event of virus reported here