Thrissur: In a bizarre incident, a group of Youth Congress workers from Kerala’s Thrissur district allegedly sprinkled cow dung-mixed water to ‘purify’ a venue where a Dalit MLA had staged a sit-in protest.
Geetha Gopi, who represents Nattika constituency in Thrissur told news18.com that she has filed a complaint with Cherpu police against caste discrimination by the Congress workers and said she will file a complaint with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Kerala Assembly speaker P Sreeramakrishnan.
The incident took place on Saturday when the Communist Party of India (CPI) MLA staged a protest at the premises of Cherpu Mini Civil Station, demanding maintenance work at Triprayar to Cherpu state highway. She ended her protests after she got the assurance from Public Works Department (PWD) officials regarding the maintenance work.
After the MLA left the spot, a group of Youth Congress workers reached the protest venue and allegedly sprinkled cow dung-mixed water to "purify the spot".
“The Congress workers should’ve resorted to many other democratic ways of protest, they sprinkled the cow dung mix water on the protest site only to harass a Dalit woman lawmaker,” Geetha Gopi said.
The CPI leader further said the Congress workers who sprinkled the water includes Cherpu Gram Panchayat president also adding she will meet chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday and will hand over a complaint against the Congress workers demanding action.
Recently, a two-wheeler passenger had sustained injuries in an accident due to the poor condition of the road after which the people had protested against the legislator.
Kerala Minister for Health, Social Justice and Woman and Child Development, KK Shailaja condemned the attack and said the Congress is showing the party's culture through their actions.
“The casteist discrimination against Geetha Gopi MLA is shocking. It’s criminal and highly condemnable that the Congress workers poured cow dung-mixed waters at a place where a protest was held democratically,” Shailaja said.
“Kerala, which is far ahead in renaissance, shouldn’t do such a thing. People who have carried out such acts are showing their culture. It’s bringing back fear of untouchability. Strict action should be taken against them,” she added.