PC George, a six-time and current MLA of the Poonjar constituency in Kerala's Kottayam district, has once again proved that VVIP racism is prevailing in the nation. The MLA and his aides were caught on camera when they tried to break the stop barrier at the toll plaza in Peliyekkara on the national highway on Tuesday night.
As per reports, this VVIP high-handedness happened when the authorities asked the MLA to pay the toll before passing by.
When asked to pay the amount, PC George became violent and started abusing the toll plaza officials. Following the verbal abuse, PC George along with his aides broke the barrier at the toll gate.
Local media reported that the incident took place when PC George and his aides were travelling to Eerattupetta from Thrissur in a private vehicle. Being a private vehicle, the MLA sticker was not there, and this apparently compelled the toll plaza officials to ask for the amount.
After breaking the stop barrier, PC George left the scene without paying the fees. A police complaint has been apparently filed by the toll plaza officials against PC George at Puthukkad police station.
As the news went viral, PC George gave an explanation stating that he has done the act to preserve civil rights in the nation.
"There was an MLA sticker in my vehicle. Even after seeing that the toll officials were not ready to let my car go. The central government has previously made it clear that there is no need for MLAs to pay the toll. However, migrant workers from Bengal repeatedly asked me to pay the toll. No workers in the toll plaza do not know Malayalam. I broke the stop barrier because a large queue was formed behind us," PC George told Asianet News.
However, initial footage of the incident which has been leaked indicates that PC George was travelling in an Audi which carried no MLA sticker. Social media users have started lashing out against VVIP high handedness stating that an MLA is not superior to the common man, and if he is privileged to travel on roads without toll fee, then each and every Indian also has the right to do so.