Jazeera Shifts Venue of Strike; Vents Ire on Vernacular Daily
Jazeera, who has been on a sit-in protest in front of the house of industrialist Kochouseph Chittilappilly since Monday, called off her strike on Thursday after Kochouseph issued a statement that he has withdrawn his offer of `5-lakh cash award for her.
However, she has launched a protest at Panampally Nagar against a leading vernacular daily, stating that it had published biased news reports without taking her version. In a statement issued earlier in the day, Kochouseph said he had withdrawn the offer as Jazeera rejected the cash award. “The amount will be given to Thalolam, a project of the Department of Social Welfare for the treatment of children below 18 years,” he said.
Jazeera, a housewife from Kannur district, had gained media attention after she launched a solo strike in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram and then in New Delhi seeking action against sand-mining mafia.
Kochouseph had announced a cash award of `5 lakh to Jazeera. But she refused to accept it, saying that she did not want to share the stage with Sandhya, who had reacted against the road-blocking strike by the LDF.
On Monday, Jazeera had launched a sit-in protest in front of Kochouseph’s house demanding the amount or to withdraw it.
Though Kochouseph said he was ready to deposit the amount in the name of her children, it was not acceptable to Jazeera.
On Wednesday, Kochouseph came up with an open protest against the CPM alleging that the sit-in strike by Jazeera was sponsored by the party.
He also alleged that the party is trying to destroy his business. Criticising Jazeera’s agitation, Rashtriya Janata Dal state president Anu Chacko said: “Jazeera violated the human rights of her children.”