Kakkadampoyil is a small village located on the outskirts of the Western Ghats, on the eastern edge of Kozhikode district. Earlier this month, the news of an unruly mob assaulting a group of environmental activists and public intellectuals sent shock waves across the state. The incident took place on October 6, when a batch of 46 activists including M N Karassery, C R Neelakantan, Kusumam Joseph, K Ajitha and others were on a visit to the controversial check-dam and the water theme park set up by a company owned by P V Anwar, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-backed member of the Kerala Assembly, representing the Nilambur constituency.
Prof Kusumam Joseph recalled the way the violent mob encircled them at the park site, which had local politicians, including a CPI (M) branch secretary. She was physically manhandled by some of the hooligans who snatched her cellphone and forced her to delete pictures she had taken of the incident. “You run from here…,” said those who ganged up against the activists at Kakkadampoyil, and they asserted, “You don’t have to worry about our ecology, we will take care of the interests of our village…”
The police failed to take any action or provide protection to the activists who had informed the cops beforehand about their planned visit to the spot.