Rahul Gandhi kickstarts Wayanad constituency visit, meets tribal family

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Kalpetta: Wayand MP Rahul Gandhi visited the house of tribal youth Viswanathan, who was found hanging near the Government Medical College Hospital near Kozhikode on Saturday.

The Wayanad MP visited the youth's house in Paravayal colony near Kalpetta on Monday morning. Opposition leader VD Satheesan, T Siddique MLA and other leaders accompanied Rahul Gandhi.

The deceased Viswanathan had arrived at Medical College Hospital as a bystander for his pregnant wife. The family had accused the security staff of questioning him after alleging he had stolen money and a mobile phone. They also said that a mob attacked him after slapping false charges of theft. The incident happened on Friday.

His body was found hanging near the medical college premises on Saturday morning. The family claimed that he committed suicide after being humiliated in the name of stealing money and a mobile phone. However, police have dismissed the claims of the family.

After visiting the family, Gandhi alleged that Vishwanathan was the victim of a mob trial and a comprehensive probe should be carried out into the incident. "Viswanathan's family should get justice," he said in a tweet in Malayalam, posted on his Lok Sabha office account.

Continuing his constituency visit, Gandhi later met the beneficiaries of the Kaithangu project -- a project to build houses for those in severe need -- and also attended a meeting of DISHA, a district development coordination and monitoring committee.

"One and a half years ago, we set out on a mission to build houses for those in severe need. Today, we are humbled to hand over the houses to 25 remarkable beneficiaries whose lives exemplify bravery and resilience in the face of adversity. I thank our party workers & leaders, and the UDF for their tireless work in making this mission successful," Gandhi posted on his Facebook page.

After attending the DISHA meeting and an 'Aspirational Districts' programme review meeting to take stock of the district's development activities, the Congress leader said he felt proud of the wonderful work that the district administration is doing, "which made Wayanad No. 1 in India" in the 'Aspirational Districts' programme last October.

"It is our constant & collective endeavour to ensure the best quality of life for our people," he posted along with the pictures of the events he attended.

This was the first visit of Gandhi to his constituency after successfully completing the over 4,000-kilometre long Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir on January 30.

Gandhi was accorded a warm reception by the party leaders and workers outside the Kozhikode International airport on Sunday.

With PTI inputs

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