Kalasa July 12: Both surprise and sorrow gripped the town on Wednesday as soon as it became aware of the fact that A S Parameshwar (30) from Athyadka village was one among the five, who were killed in an police encounter at Menasinahadya on Tuesday.
Parameshwar was a very familiar face for all those in the town who were interested in progressive issues. The man who usually found with a small bag on his shoulder every now and then, had just been to the town last week to meet his friends and had returned to his native place.
A member of a Girijana family in Menasinahadya, Parameshwara had actively involved in the struggle connected to Kudremukh National Park. A 2-3 acre agricultural land was the only source of livelihood for the 3 brothers, including him.
Parameshwar was a person with a straight forward opinion regarding social issues. A familiar face in Kalasa, Sringeri and Chikmagalur areas, he had found media as the powerful tool to fight against injustice.
He was the brain behind the successful Girijana convention held at Kalasa last year. Though he could not complete even his high school education, Parameshwar was knowledgeable enough to talk confidently about GATT, WTO and the like!
Being the general secretary of Rashtriya Udyana Virodhi Okkuta, Paramwshwar appeared publicly for his struggles, and why the government did not arrest him if he was a naxal, as they claim? That is the pertinent question posed by the people here