Actor Joju George gets angry at NH blockade imposed by Congress – The New Indian Express
KOCHI: The much-publicized congressional road blockade against rising fuel prices exploded on the party after actor Joju George spoke out against the archaic mode of protest that has put the lives of hundreds of motorists in the Disarray Monday on the busy Vyttila-Edappally section of the NH66 Bypass in Kochi.
After being stuck in traffic for more than two hours, Joju got out of his car and protested the agitation mode, saying several vehicles including ambulances and people heading to their offices were stranded and that such demonstrations would yield no results.
âI am not affiliated with any political party. This type of event blocking traffic will make life difficult for people already affected by the pandemic. A child taken for chemotherapy is among those caught in trafficking, âhe said.
Dramatic scenes unfolded around 11 a.m. after the actor’s vehicle, an SUV, was stuck in traffic due to the protest.
âI do not support the increase in the price of fuel, but no one can tolerate this kind of immature act. It is not possible to sit inside vehicles without air conditioning for hours. But, with the current high price of fuel, it is not possible to keep the air conditioning on for long. After the pandemic, everyone is struggling to make a living. My humble plea to all political parties is not to organize such modes of agitation. Let us live, âhe said. Members of Congress alleged the actor was drunk and abused female protesters. Protesters smashed the rear windshield of Joju’s vehicle, a Land Rover Defender.
I have not behaved badly with any woman, said Joju George
The police later took the actor to Maradu Police Station and then to Tripunithura Taluk Hospital for a medical examination. However, the medical test revealed that he was not under the influence of alcohol. âAccording to the High Court order, roads should not be blocked in the state for protests. Therefore, I openly expressed my protest, âsaid Joju.
âI used to drink alcohol earlier. But, I’m not drunk now. I have not behaved badly with any woman. I would not do this under any circumstances because I hold women in high esteem, âsaid Joju. On the allegation by members of Congress that Joju was doing a ‘show,’ Joju said, ‘It’s not a show. I am an actor and I act in films. I can show myself in movies. I don’t need to play in the street. I expressed my protest as a taxpayer and not as an actor. For that, I have been waiting at the police station for several hours, âhe added.
Following Joju’s intervention, many motorists stranded on the road because of the demonstration also protested against the organizers of the commotion. The actor said a few executives at the scene used foul language against his father and mother.
Consequently, he would file a complaint for vandalism on his car and verbal abuse against members of his family. The police then recorded his statement at the Maradu police station. Meanwhile, congressional workers also filed a complaint alleging that Joju verbally abused workers, including women.