A man in Kerala recently staged a unique protest to draw the attention of authorities toward the growing menace of potholes on the roads.
A video of the entire demonstration has surfaced online. In the clip, the man, set out with a bucket, mug, soap and a bath towel, is seen bathing in a ditch filled with rainwater. He was also filmed washing his clothes in the muddy water pool on the road while curious motorists passed by, according to NDTV news channel yesterday.
Local publications in the southern Indian state identified the man as Hamza Porali. The incident reportedly took place on Sunday morning in Malappuram district, Kerala.
In the clip, the local legislator, UA Latheef, is also seen reaching the spot where Porali is staging his unique protest. As the legislator’s car approaches, the man is seen sitting in a meditating pose in the pothole. He was also recorded doing a yoga pose, again standing in the middle of a huge pothole of mud water, before the people’s representative.
The video surfaced online days after a man lost his life due to a pothole in Kerala. The 52-year-old scooter rider fell on the road due to a pothole on the National Highway at Nedumbassery in Ernakulam district and was run over by a truck.
Taking cognisance of the case, the Kerala High Court asked the National Highway Authority of India to fill the potholes immediately.