Hindu Aikyavedi state secretary K P Sasikala stirred a fresh controversy on Sunday by making insensitive remarks about Naushad, who died while trying to save two others on November 26 in Kozhikode.
Sasikala said that the reason for his death was the lack of intelligence and haste with which he acted, in trying to save the two, trapped in the manhole.
The New Indian Express quoted her saying, “He should have rather lowered in a rope or something made of clothes. Unwise acts like this put the life of people in danger at an accident site. Every mother in the state should teach their sons to act with discretion. I am saying this as a teacher and as a mother.”
An auto driver by profession in Kozhikode district, Naushad lost his life while trying to save two contract labourers, who were stuck in an underground gutter. Eventually, he was taken out by firefighters along with the two cleaners but all the three succumbed, choking on poisonous gas.
Earlier, SNDP General Secretary, Vellappally Natesan was criticized for his statements on Naushad. He had said that the Kerala government helped Naushad's family because he was a Muslim, and it is better to die as a Muslim in Kerala.
A case of inciting communal hatred was registered against him by the police. He made those comments while reacting to the state government’s decision to offer Naushad a job along with a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for his family.