Actor Joju George clashes with Congress workers during protest in Kochi

by Kerala | 01-11-2021 | 435 views

Kochi: Kochi city witnessed high drama on Monday as a protest organised by the Congress against fuel price hike escalated into a confrontation between actor Joju George and party activists.

Police had to escort Joju away from Vyttila after irate Congress workers refused to let him go. The glasses of the actor's car were smashed.

The Congress district leadership has filed a complaint against Joju alleging that he misbehaved with a woman leader. District Congress Committee (DCC) president Muhammed Shiyas charged Joju was drunk.

The Congress had blocked the Edappally-Vyttila bypass in protest against the fuel price hike. The Congress blames the BJP-led government at the Centre and the CPM-led state government foor the hike. The busy road witnessed a massive traffic block after the Congress started blocking the road from Edappally to Vyttila. Joju encountered the protesters as the agitation prolonged for over an hour.

"I'm not here to show off. This protest is affecting people who are en route to their destinations for various needs including hospital emergencies. They are struggling to make both ends meet amid the pandemic," the actor said after engaging in verbal duel with the Congress workers. "What will happen if I die here," he asked.

"This shouldn't be allowed to happen. The protesters are not paying attention even to the police. Political parties should work for the people. They shouldn't trouble us. I don't mean to say that the fuel price hike is not an issue. But this is not the way to protest against it. Would the prices come down with such a protest? Shouldn't our leaders show a little more maturity," an agitated Joju told media.

"We are on the way to the hospital with a patient for chemo treatment. There are kids in the vehicle," a bystander commented.

Joju George refuted the charge that he was drunk. “I used to drink heavily. I quit the habit five years ago. I don't regret questioning the protesters. I'm not going to apologise,” he said. Asked about the allegation that he verbally abused women activists, Joju said, “I never misbehave with women. I know their value. This is all I have to say.” He said he has suffered injuries in the attack by the protesters.

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