Industrialist Kochouseph Chittilappilly on Tuesday said that the agitation by Jazeera, a housewife from Kannur, in front of his house was politically motivated and sponsored by a party. Chittilappilly told mediapersons that his offer of Rs 5 lakh was still existing, but the cash would be deposited in the name of Jazeera’s children. Jazeera has been staging a sit-in strike since Monday in front of his house at Vennala, demanding the cash award that the former had promised her.
On December 21, 2013, Chittilappilly had announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for Jazeera, who was holding a lone agitation in New Delhi seeking action against sand-mining mafia. Chittilappilly had also announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for Sandhya of Thiruvananthapuram for reacting against road-blockade strike by the LDF.
“It was announced that the awards would be distributed at a function in Kochi on January 24. Jazeera intimated the manager of Chittilappilly Foundation that she would be attending the function. However, she changed her stand later and rejected the cash award saying that she did not want to share the stage with Sandhya,” Chittilappilly said.
“Jazeera was aware that I had announced cash prize for Sandhya too. Everyone very well knows who is behind her. However, the Chittilappilly Foundation is still ready to give the award, but not in the name of Jazeera. It will be deposited in the bank account of her children,” he said.