New Delhi, October 05 (KMS): The organizers called off an event scheduled, today, in Khozhikode city of the Indian state of Kerala on the completion of two years detention of noted journalist Siddique Kappan after rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threatened to disrupt it.
Several speakers including Member of Indian Parliament M K Ragavan and Indian Union Muslim League leader Panakkad Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal were invited to the event scheduled at Kozhikode Town Hall.
The organizer, veteran journalist N P Chekutty informed the media that they have cancelled the event after police warned of law and order issues. The event was being organised under the banner of Pauravakasha vethi which roughly translates as civil rights group. Chekutty said their main objective is to get Siddique Kappan released and they choose to abstain from any incidents that may hamper his chance to be set free.
Local BJP leaders at a press conference on Tuesday threatened to stop the event claiming that it was backed by recently-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) and organised by groups “funded by Turkey”.
Another organizer of the event and social activist, Ambika, told the media that police have been persuading them since Tuesday night to cancel the event following the protest call given by the local BJP leaders.
Siddique Kappan was arrested on this day (05 October) in 2020 from Mathura in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh when he was on his way to report the rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Hathras. Later, he was slapped with draconian law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).