New Delhi: 12 Congress workers were arrested in in Kiltan island on Tuesday after they staged protests against the Lakshadweep Collector, S Asker Ali, for defending new legislations imposed by Praful K Patel-led administration in the region, Maktoob Media reported.
Ali had justified the Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel’s controversial reforms at the news conference held in Kochi.
Ali called the protests in the island against new regulations as a “motivated misinformation campaign, which does not represent those living in Lakshadweep”.
Soon after, about 20 Youth Congress workers hit the streets in protest at Kiltan Island and burnt the collector in effigy. Police later arrested 12 of them.
According to Dweep Diary, the only digital news platform in Lakshadweep, the arrestees include Kilthan Island’s Congress block president Rahmathullah.
Dweep Diary reported that the arrestees will face legal action under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which lays down punishment as per Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, for flouting COVID-19 lockdown orders.
Section 188 of the IPC states that any person who disobeys an order given by a public servant, can be imprisoned for upto one month.
The regional administration has face widespread criticism for its arbitrary actions. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the future of Lakshadweep is threatened by Patel’s administration.