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3 Held As Anger Rises Against Lakshadweep Administrator | India News


KOCHI: In the first sign of a crackdown on protests against Lakshadweep administrator Praful Patel over policy changes that are seen as a challenge to local traditions, island police arrested three people, two of them students, on Tuesday for allegedly texting you “abusive” messages. Police released the trio later that day.
The arrests came even as Patel’s move to end a blanket ban on beef and lift restrictions on alcoholic beverages, among other proposals, fueled outrage beyond the idyllic archipelago and neighboring Kerala.
VD Satheesan, leader of the opposition in Kerala, wrote to the Union Minister of the Interior, Amit Shah, urging him to call the administrator as soon as possible.
Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem has also written separately to President Ram Nath Kovind requesting Patel’s replacement.
Amid public and political backlash against the UT administrator, an April 20 letter from the BJP’s Lakshadweep Secretary General HK Mohammed Kasim to Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared online, stating that not everyone within the party was happy with him either. In the letter, Kasim accuses the administrator of stopping various welfare plans, closing 15 schools and terminating the services of 500 temporary employees.
Kasim said on Tuesday that some of the proposed amendments had “made the local population uncomfortable” and he thought it appropriate to inform the Prime Minister.
Padma Shri’s laureate Ali Manikfan, a Kozhikode-based Lakshadweep native, articulated the reasons for the UT’s resistance to changes being “imposed” on the people since January. He said the manager should have tried first to learn about the way of life and traditions of the people who inhabit the atolls.
“New laws and reforms should be implemented only after consultation with the local population,” said Manikfan, an expert in marine biology and astronomy. “There is no need for strict laws like the Anti-Social Activity Prevention Regulation Project.”
In addition to the draft Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulation 2021, which proposes to punish the sale of beef and related products with up to 10 years in prison, the decisions that have raised the creeps of the islanders include a regulation that gives broad powers to the local development authority for land acquisition. A proposed two-child norm for all current and future panchayat members is another trouble spot.

Times of India