Thodupuzha: A local volleyball tournament was blocked by the police reportedly for not including a CPM district committee member and the SI in the organising committee. After the scheduled match was cancelled, the organisers and local people staged a protest by playing volleyball on the Thodupuzha–Puliyanmala road.
Office-bearers of Vigilant Club at Kanjar, which organised the tournament, alleged that the authorities had turned against the event after CPM Idukki district committee member and sports council district president K L Joseph and SI Jabbar, who hails from the area, did not find a place in the organising panel.
The club office-bearers claimed that Kanjar CI Mathew Varghese had informed them that the tournament would take place only if the CPM leader is made the chairman of the organising committee. However, organisers stuck to their stand of excluding the party leader and police official as all spots in the committee were already filled.
Meanwhile, the Cochin Port Trust team which arrived on Sunday to play their match was sent back. Following which, the organisers and local people blocked the road and held a match there.
A protest meet was later staged at Vigilant Stadium which was inaugurated by Charly Jacob, the president of Kerala State Volleyball Association.
However, CPM's Joseph refuted the allegations and said that some people were engaged in illegal fund collection in the name of organising a volleyball tournament under the aegis of Vigilant Club.