In an anti-encroachment drive that began early on Thursday morning, revenue department officials in Munnar initiated the process to raze down a massive Christian cross that was allegedly erected on encroached land.
The team led by Devikulam tahsildar reportedly reached the spot in Pappathichola a little after 7 30 am, after traveling for more than three hours to reach the spot. Following this, they have initiated the process to bring down the 25-feet tall cross. The drive is being carried out with tight security, with several police personnel deployed at the spot by Devikulam administration.
Thursday's drive is a continuation of the anti-encroachment drive being carried out in Munnar under the instruction of Devikulam Sub-Collector Sriram Venkitaraman.
According to television reports, the cross was erected by a Thrissur-based group Spirit in Jesus. This is the revenue department's third attempt at razing down the massive cross, allegedly built on encroached land. At both the earlier instances, the officials were prevented by agitators.
The team of officials, however, were faced with opposition from the locals, with them blocking the roads with their vehicles. The team managed to proceed after removing the blocking vehicles using JCBs. As a precautionary measure anticipating agitation, prohibitory orders have been imposed in Pappathichola.