Mangalore, May 18: Government itself has to create an opportunity for tribal boy Vittala Malekudiya to write his exams, said B V Kakkilaya, senior CPI leader.
He was speaking at a protest organised by CPI in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office demanding the release of Mr. Vittala and his father Linganna Malekudiya.
The jailing of Mr. Vittala, an MCJ student of Mangalore University, based on allegations that he is a naxal supporter and denying him the right to write his exams citing attendance shortage is sheer injustice. The government itself will have to take an initiative and allow Mr. Vittala to write his exams, Mr. Kakkilaya said.
If mere possessing a book on Bhagat Singh amounts to supporting naxals, then hundreds of people would have to be put behind bars. The entire episode is just to cover up the atrocities being carried out on the Malekudiya tribe by ANF. The government too is playing a role in supressing and threatening the local tribal people so that it can hand over their lands to multinational companies, Mr. Kakkilaya alleged.
An appeal addressed to the Chief Minister to clear Mr. Vittala and Mr. Linganna Malekudiya of all charges and release them was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner on the occasion. It was also demanded in the appeal that government shoulder the responsibility of Mr. Vittala's studies.