Kerala Congress man who led calf killing says he had boss’s nod, state Youth Congress chief denies

Calf killing: Party suspends three Kerala Youth Congress leaders, says action is ‘completely unacceptable’.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: May 30, 2017 10:04 am
kerala youth congress, beef ban, kerala beef fest, indian express A beef fest to protest against the Centre’s notification on cattle sale, in Coimbatore on Monday. Activists of a pro-Tamil outfit were detained when they organised a similar protest in Madurai, police said. Students of IIT Madras also conducted a beef fest on their campus. The opposition DMK announced an agitation against the Centre’s move on May 31. PTI

BACK IN 2011, contesting his first Assembly elections for the Congress from Thalassery constituency in Kerala’s Kannur district, Rijil Makkutty had spoken out against political violence in Kannur — purportedly unleashed by the CPI(M)-led LDF.

Makkutty, then the state vice-president of Kerala Student Union (KSU), the students’ outfit of the Congress in the state, had said, “We are facing a horrific situation in Kannur, where even domestic animals are not spared.”

Makkutty had lost the election to CPI(M) Politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, but the words came back to haunt him on Monday, two days after he led a team of Youth Congress activists in allegedly slaughtering a male calf in public in Kannur. This time, Makkutty’s ire was directed at the BJP — more specifically, the BJP-led NDA government’s notification on sale of cattle for slaughter.

On Monday, the party suspended Makkutty, now 34 and Youth Congress’s (YC) Kannur mandal president, along with two other YC leaders, as such an action by Congress workers is “completely unacceptable” to the party.

Makkutty claimed that he had informed Youth Congress state president Dean Kuriakose on Saturday morning about the plan to kill a calf as part of the party’s protests against the Central government’s notification. “He did not only not object to our idea (but) also wanted YC to strongly protest against the notification. Although there are reports that I was suspended among three leaders, the YC is yet to get any order in this regard.”

Reacting to Makkutty’s claim, Kuriakose said he did not give any specific instruction to any leader on how to protest against the government notification regarding buying and selling of cattle in animal markets.

Stating that he would accept the party’s decision and continue to take on the “communal agenda of the Sangh Parivar”, Makkutty said they had strategically chosen Kannur city. “We chose Kannur city since there is more space for slaughtering. It was an agitation to protect the right to consume meat,’’ he said.

Coming from a Communist family based in Koothuparamba town of Kannur district, Makkutty became a KSU activist in his school days. He went on to become the outfit’s Kannur district president in 2007, and the state vice-president in 2011, the year he first contested the Assembly elections.

A loyalist of former Congress MP from Kannur K Sudhakaran, Makkutty is a Mass Communication graduate who has risen through the ranks of KSU leadership through agitations. While his 2011 election affidavit had 13 criminal cases pending against him, all of them were in connection with political agitations.

In November last year, Makkutty was manhandled, allegedly by CPI(M) workers after he had called CPI(M) leader E P Jayarajan “stupid’.’ Not one to be daunted, Makkutty had said, “Sudhakaran (Kannur Lok Sabha MP from 2009-14) is my guru. I come from a CPI(M) village, and I am not going to sit home idle, fearing the CPI(M).’’

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  1. May Flower
    May 30, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    Makkutty killed a madukkutty and will be known by the new name henceforth. There is a saying in Malayalam that goes like, if you eat that you kill then no sin. He can not claim that loop .
    1. Anandan Nair
      May 30, 2017 at 4:05 pm
      It was a great show Rijil Makkutty, you have put a butcher to shame for the Machiavellian task you have undertaken, the party Mahatma hi cultured, you claim you had the nod of your leader, no wonder you have put Congress sympathisers to shame, continue your dirty task, the new gen aggression.
      1. A
        May 30, 2017 at 3:41 pm
        After Beef, Whats next in BJP-RSS mind ?
        1. Sheikh Mohammed Ilham
          May 30, 2017 at 3:08 pm
          So sad... Humans cant eat what they want? Lol Indian...
          1. F
            Fck Allah in mouth
            May 30, 2017 at 3:41 pm
            Kil your ammi, eat her meat, use her skin for making leather bags, belts, financially it wil be beneficial . You Muslims are not humans
            1. I
              May 30, 2017 at 4:03 pm
              Humans can eat what they want. Question is, who are humans and who are inhumans? ask yourself and you will know the answer.
            2. mimi sur
              May 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm
              Height of madness. To Oppose BJP, they can go to any level . They took selfie with a calf and butchered in full public view. is it "God's own country" ? No....It is "Demon's own country" .
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