Kasaragod: In a novel protest, a mock open `pee protest' was staged in front of the closed public toilets at the two bus stands here.

Great History Makers (GHM), a Kasaragod-based collective, announced the protest against the closure of toilets in new and old bus stands.

The authorities had locked down the loos citing lack of water and maintenance.

Immediately after the GHM announced that they would urinate in public, the authorities swung into action and opened the toilet at the new bus stand.

However, the one at the old bus stand that was closed for maintenance, is still remaining shut.

This toilet was opened last year after spending lakhs. It has been alleged that they remain defunct owing to the lethargy of the authorities.

Even though two persons were appointed for its maintenance, the authorities later locked it down citing lack of hygiene. Irked, the GHM announced the protest.

Burhan Thalankar, who headed the protest, said the closure of toilets at the bus stands against the backdrop of Kerala achieving the status of open defecation-free state is a challenge to the public.

Inaugurating the protest, Thajudheen Cherangai wanted the officials to distribute napkins to the public as they failed to operate toilets.