KOTTAYAM: With the Congress leadership, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, zeroing in on SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan over his alleged communal remarks and started demanding his arrest, the beleaguered Natesan said he was ready to face any situation.
Speaking at a public meeting organised here on Monday, to accord reception to his Samathwa Munnetta Yatra, Natesan dared the UDF Government to arrest him, over his remarks against Noushad, who died while attempting to rescue two workers trapped in a manhole in Kozhikode. “KPCC president V M Sudheeran has vowed that he would not let the yathra to reach Thiruvananthapuram. Some leaders, including T N Prathapan, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, V M Sudheeran and V S Achuthanandan are demanding to register a case against me. Perhaps, for me, the culmination of the yathra will have to be celebrated from the Central Prison. Let them arrest me. I don’t fear the arrest,” he said.
Vellappally said the media was trying to create a communal divide in the state. He also clarified his remarks in the Noushad incident and said he was trying to highlight the discrimination being faced by majority communities, during such incidents.
“When three tribal women were electrocuted (in Adimali), no one had sympathised or announced cash aid. There are several other incidents here, which can be highlighted as disregard to the majority communities. When I highlight this denial of justice, it will be termed as triggering religious sentiments,” he said. Coming down heavily against UDF and LDF, as well as critics in his own community, Natesan said that he would continue his fights for protecting the rights of majority communities.
“When I raise the discrimination issues, I am being portrayed as Praveen Togadia. However, it seems to be a honour for me, as Togadia has already conducted 15,000 heart surgeries free of cost. Did Sudheeran conduct a single surgery?” he asked.
Police Have Discharged Their Duty: Sr Advocate
Senior Advocate of the Kerala High Court Gracious Kuriakose said that the police have discharged their duty by registering a case against Vellappally Natesan for the offence under Section 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony). It would be unfair if the police did not register a case. “Any person can set the criminal law into motion in cognizable offence. The police adopted the procedure only when it gets the information about the cognizable offence. The police are dutybound to register the First Information Report, investigate the case and file a final report,” Kuriakose said.