Thiruvananthapuram: Administrative reforms commission chairman V.S. Achuthanandan has said that all encroachments in Munnar, including religious symbols, need to be pulled down.
"All encroachments, even 'in the form' of holy cross, should be removed," the former chief minister of Kerala said.
As Pinarayi chooses to cling to the cross
A 30-foot tall metal cross was pulled down as part of an official anti-encroachment drive in the hill station of Munnar in Idukki district Thursday.
The Syro Malabar Church spokesman said there was no issue in removing a cross erected on an encroached land but questioned the manner in which it was demolished in Munnar by the Idukki district administration as part of its anti-encroachment drive.
However, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had expressed strong displeasure over the act by the revenue officials.