As part of the UDF’s Aishwarya Kerala Yatra led by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, the latter visited the endosulfan victims in Kasargod, hearing about their pleas. At the location, he said that the CPM-led state government has not yet followed the orders of the Supreme Court, which noted that the 6,728 victims of the disaster are eligible for damages worth Rs 5 Lakh.
Ramesh Chennithala met with the activists — Muneesa Ambalathara, Sister Jaya Anto, Tajuddin Padinjar, Ambalathara Kunhikrishnan, Febina Kottappuram, and Siby Alex — leading the demand for justice for endosulfan victims. They explained the agony of the victims to the Congress leader, who assured that the UDF is committed to resolving their issues. Addressing the health situation in Kasargod, he added that the government’s indifference towards Kasargod Medical College and Tata Hospital shows the attitude of this government towards the district.
“They shared the difficulties they faced, including a lack of ambulance facility, neurosurgeon service, and a palliative care system. The LDF government has not been able to forward the Muliyar Rehabilitation Village project put forth by the previous UDF government. The Revenue Department has failed to issue leases for houses built by Sai Trust. This government does not have the will to implement even the basic policy,” he said.
Following which, the front headed to Periya where they paid their respects and floral tributes at the memorial hall built for martyred Congress activists Kripesh and Sharath Lal, who were both in their early twenties. “Their parents are running through the corridors of the legal system to get justice for the murders of their children. The government has tried to protect the accused CPM activists by spending crores for litigation and by burying the case files,” he said, assuring that the culprits would be brought to justice as soon as the UDF comes to power, at the memorial.