A day after protests in opposition to the cremation of the physique of an 83-year-old man who was confirmed optimistic for the coronavirus after his loss of life in Kerala’s Kottayam, the police have registered a case in opposition to a BJP councillor and locals for illegal meeting and violating COVID-19 protocols. They reportedly feared well being threat due to the cremation of a Covid-positive man.
This was the primary COVID-19 loss of life within the district.
On Sunday night, surprising scenes have been seen for hours as a bunch of protesters, led by BJP councilor, didn’t enable officers to cremate the physique at a municipal crematorium, which is reportedly close to their houses.
The BJP councilor, TN Harikumar, was seen shouting at officers “take the physique to your home”, and the group of locals – women and men – was seen sitting on the bottom, obstructing the motion of officers from the police and well being departments.
“The officers got here to cremate the physique with out informing locals or me, with out taking us into confidence. When the protests have been happening that is when a well being official is attempting to coach folks. Is that the time? That is after I informed the official to take the physique to his home,” Mr Harikumar stated.
The officers, who had left after hours of protest, returned after 11 within the evening amid tight police safety and cremated the physique.
Kerala Minister Thomas Isaac Finance took to the Twitter and stated, “Once I tweeted concerning the BJP and the Congress undermining the general public belief in COVID struggle, some stated that I used to be being partisan. Now hear the most recent, BJP councillor in Kottayam leads a crowd to stop cremation of a deceased in a public cemetery. Purpose COVID could unfold via the smoke!
Congress MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan who had additionally reached the world stated, “There was concern amongst locals, particularly girls who work at totally different houses, that they could lose their jobs. That is one thing that wants consciousness and being spoken to.”