Kochi: Industrialist Kochouseph Chittilappilly on Thursday said the reward he had offered for Ms. Jazeera, who had led a protest in New Delhi against illegal sand-mining, would not be given to her as she refused to accept the amount.
“The reward has been withdrawn as she refused to accept the amount. Instead, the amount will be offered to the Thalolam project,” Mr. Chittilappilly told reporters here.
Meanwhile, Ms. Jazeera has ended her protest, demanding the cash award that Chittilappilly had promised her. She has also withdrawn the complaint filed against Mr. Chittilapilly.
In another development, a case under the Juvenile Justice Act has been slapped against Ms Jazeera.
On Wednesday, Ms. Jazeera had launched a fresh round of protest with her three children before the Janamaithri Police Station at Palarivattom, seeking action against the industrialist.
Occupying the footpath around 6 p.m., Ms. Jazeera had said she was forced to shift the agitation to the police station premises when the station in-charge refused to register a case based on her complaint against Mr. Chittilappilly for ‘character assassination.’
In the Assembly today, the LDF Opposition has raised the issue, alleging that Ms. Jazeera was beaten up by the police. In reply to it, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said the City Police Commissioner has been appointed to probe the incident.
Ms. Jazeera, a housewife from Kannur district who gained media attention following an agitation in New Delhi against the sand-mining mafia, on Monday started a sit-in in front of the house of Kochouseph Chittilappilly.