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Jazeera has fundamentalist funding: Adoor Prakash

Jazeera has fundamentalist funding: Adoor Prakash

New Delhi: Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash has alleged that Jazeera, who is holding a stir here demanding action against sand mining mafia, is being financially supported by a fundamentalist outfit.

Jazeera, accompanied by her three young children, has been on a 'dharna' at Jantar Mantar since Oct. 7 and her "pitiable plight" has attracted the attention of, among others, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Union Minister Jairam Ramesh and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala.

"I have reports from relevant government authorities to prove that she gets financial support from a fundamental outfit," Prakash Monday told reporters here.

He was ready to share the inputs with NHRC if it were to ask him to provide the same, Prakash said.

Jazeera shifted her agitation to Delhi after staging a 64-day sit-in in front of the Kerala government secretariat.

Prakash's statement comes days after Chennithala met Jazeera at the protest venue and Ramesh shot off a letter to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy asking him to take steps to end her "pitiable plight".

Jazeera had met Rural Development Minister Ramesh seeking his intervention on behalf of her campaign.

In a personal letter to Chandy, Ramesh is learnt to have said that the issues raised by Jazeera held "merit" as she was opposing illegal sand mining.

Ramesh also urged Chandy to order a "fair inquiry by an independent and credible authority" to redress her grievance.

NHRC, too, has taken suo motu cognisance of allegations of illegal sand mining in coastal Kerala.

Meanwhile, Chennithala has expressed concern over the discontinuation of schooling of two of Jazeera's children, her daughters Rizvana (12) and Shifana (10), who are part of her sit-in.

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