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Revenue officials said that Puthenpurayil Ali, his wife and three children, who were brought from the Kappakkal relief camp, were rehabilitated at their house near the mosque at the northern side of the beach this morning. The family is related to a few of the accused charge-sheeted in the May 2 massacre case.
The Deputy Collector, K.K. Moideen Koya, said that as of now 37 more families of the accused remained to be rehabilitated. Of them, 10 families each were at the Chaliyam relief camp and Kappakkal relief camp and 17 families at the Payyanakkal Government School here. All these families would be resettled in the coming days.
However, it is learnt that the district administration wanted these families to be rehabilitated in a cautious manner. Screening would be conducted before their rehabilitation. This would enable them to resettle in a conducive atmosphere. Some of the families are close relatives of the prime accused in the case, sources said.
The district administration was taking a guarded approach to solve the knotty problem so as to avoid vitiating the communal atmosphere on the beach. The majority of the Hindu families still believe that the Muslim families of the accused were also part of the conspiracy in the violence on that fateful day.
The families would be settled in small batches as rehabilitating them in one go might create trouble for the already settled Muslim families.
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