Bengaluru, Jan 11: Coming down heavily on Karnataka Congress President D K Shivakumar for not adhering to COVID-19 norms while meeting with hundreds of children, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has urged the state police to initiate appropriate action against Shivakumar.
NCPCR Chairperson Priyank Kanoongo wrote a letter to Praveen Sood, IPS Director-General and Inspector General of Police, requesting to initiate necessary action and inquiry against Shivakumar for failing to follow COVID appropriate behaviour with school children during Mekedatu Padayatra.
"The Commission has taken suo-moto cognizance of a video uploaded on Twitter wherein it can be seen that KPCC President D.K Shivakumar met school children during the event "Mekedatu Padayatre", thereby indulging children into political activity," the letter read.
"In the said video, it can further be seen that the children, as well as KPCC President, are without masks further failing to follow Covid19 appropriate behaviour."
"In view of the above, the Commission deems it appropriate to take cognizance U/s 13 (1) (j) of CPCR Act, 2005 and observes a prima-facie violation of provisions under Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, and Disaster Management Act, 2005. Therefore, it is requested that your good offices may kindly look into the said allegations made in the complaint to ensure the welfare and safety of children and further," read the letter.
This come amid when Shivkumar refused to take the COVID-19 test claiming that he had no symptoms, even though he was seen coughing during Congress' "Mekedatu Padayatre". The police have also filed an FIR against him.
Karnataka Congress, on January 9, embarked on a 10-day 'padayatra' (march) despite the state government's COVID restriction. It may be noted that the state government has imposed a curfew on weekends and restricted public gatherings to fight the surge in COVID-19 cases, till January 19. It has also imposed a night curfew and prohibited all rallies, dharnas, and protests, among others.