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Endosulfan victims’ Cliff House agitation enters second day

Endosulfan victims’ Cliff House agitation enters second day

Thiruvananthapuram: An agitation by 'Endosulfan Victims Janakeeya Samithi' in front of the official residence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy entered second day on Tuesday.

Around 50 persons, including women with their children affected by the aerial spraying of pesticide endosulfan in Kasargod district, began the indefinite dharna on the road here leading to Cliff House on Sunday to press the main demand of implementation of relief package announced by government and implement the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission.

The protesters have even brought the mentally challenged children to the venue causing embarrassment to officials and police.

Their grievance was that the relief package announced by government had not been implemented and relief measures did not reach affected persons, sources said.

The Commission, among other things, had directed the government to extend compensation of Rs five lakh to the families of those killed due to the effects of pesticide Endosulfan.

Endosulfan victims have been protesting as several persons in the district faced different types of health problems due to the pollution of the environment and water, among others, caused by the spraying of endosulfan in cashew farms in the district in 1990s.

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