‘Chalo Udupi’ Jatha arrives in City, Visits Praveen Poojary’s house
Udupi: The Swabhimani Sangharsha Jatha – Chalo Udupi, which began in Bengaluru, reached Udupi District on October 7 night. The jatha, organised by a group of like-minded organizations, is being taken out from Bengaluru to Udupi demanding land for the landless and asserting freedom of food habits.
The leaders of the Jatha visited the family of Praveen Poojary, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member, who was allegedly beaten to death for transporting cattle in Kenjur village on August 17th night.
The delegation met Praveen Poojary’s father Vasu Poojary, mother Baby and Brother Naveen Poojary and consoled the family members. The delegation explained the purpose of ‘Chalo Udupi’ and invited them to attend the convention which will be held on Sunday, October 9 at the Beedingudde ground.
Explaining the incident Praveen Poojary’s mother Baby wiping her tears said, “My son was innocent, he would never hurt anyone but was helping all. Whenever people in the village approached him for help, he would never say no to anyone. He was running a Poultry farm and shop. Our entire family was dependent on him. The fake Go Rakshaks killed our son in the name of Cow. We also have a cow in our house. They do not know the importance of cow; they are all fake Go Rakshaks. Praveen was killed mercilessly; they are concerned more about the cow than human beings. Youth are being assaulted for no reasons. Praveen was the bread winner of the house; his killing is a question of humanity. He was concerned about his family, no mother should experience such pain of losing her child in such merciless killing. I will join your programme and speak on the issues prevailing in the society, she added.
Consoling the family, members of Udupi Chalo said that youth are being exploited in this country, we will fight against all injustices which destroy our society. Youth should be educated. Inviting Praveen Poojary’s mother, members of Udupi Chalo movement said that they will intensify their fight until they get justice.
As many as 5000 to 6000 people are expected to take part in the rally. On October 9 at 11 am a mega procession will be organised from the War memorial to Beedinagudde ground. The procession will pass through Jodu Katte, Court Road, Kavi Muddana Road, Service Bus Stand, BSNL Road, Chittaranjan Circle, Mitra Hospital Road, Fish Market Road, Volakadu School Road and culminate at the Mahatma Gandhi Bayalu Ranga Mandira.
After the procession, a mega convention will be addressed by the main speaker Jignesh Mewani, social activist and organiser of Una Chalo movement. Jayamrutyunjaya Swami of Panchamashali Gurupeetha, Dinesh Amin Mattu, C.S. Dwarkanath, Bhaskar Prasad, Ananth Naik, Vikas Mourya, Gowri, Akhila, Hulikunte Moorthy, Dr Vasu, Peer Bhasa, Vishwanath Pethri, Fr William Martis, Shashidhar Hemmadi and others will participate.
The district police have made all security arrangements for the jatha. K T Balakrishna superintendent of Police Udupi district personally inspected the security arrangements.