Kottayam: The DYFI on Thursday ransacked the Niraamaya Retreat accused of encroachments in the backwater getaway of Kumarakom. More than 20 activists barged into the resort destroying furniture of its three cottages. The Kumarakom police booked 20 identified activists for trespassing, rioting, causing destruction and threatening staff. The Kumarakom panchayath has not taken any action to remove the alleged encroachments at three places of Block 11, Pallichira.
Industrialist and BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who is also the vice-chairman of the National Democratic Alliance in Kerala, owns the property. The tahsildar's office had officially sent a letter to the Kumarakom panchayath in October 2016 pointing out the encroachments into the lake to the extent of 50 square metres, 44 square metres and 2.17 ares. "As the panchayath failed to act, we had sent a reminder on November 21 which was also not answered. The panchayath is bound to remove the encroachments," tahsildar Geetha Kumari told Deccan Chronicle. However, panchayath president A.P. Salimon said the taluk surveyor did not reply to his letter to measure the land.