Prashant / Photo: Screengrab of Mathrubhumi News
Kozhikode: Prashant, a differently-abled man residing in Kozhikode’s Eramala attempted suicide allegedly over a 'witch-hunt' by CPM leaders in the locality. The incident happened on Tuesday evening and the tragedy was averted due to the timely intervention of locals.
The man observed a sit-in-protest in front of local CPM leader Ramakrishnan’s house. Thereafter, he poured petrol on his body and attempted to set himself ablaze. The onlookers rushed him to the nearby government hospital in Vadakara, where he underwent primary treatment. Later he was taken to Kozhikode for further treatment.
According to Prashant, he has been targeted by CPM leaders multiple times restricting him from earning his livelihood. He said that the leaders did not allow him to do goat rearing and poultry after which he started a food processing unit. “I was forced to shut down that unit too. I am not able to find any livelihood and have no means to look after my children,” he said.
However, contrary to Prashant's version, sources claimed that the processing unit did not have a license to operate. The officials concerned were intervening and ceasing the operation. Similarly,
Ramakrishnan alleged that some other people are playing games by using Prashant as a tool. Prashant is reportedly from Kannur and he has been used by the land owner of the plot where he is residing. CPM sources claimed that the suicide is a ploy executed by RSS.
(Suicide is not a solution to any problem. Please seek the help of a mental health expert if you are under distress. Contact toll free number: 1056)