Seminar on ‘Criminalisation in politics' organised

The ideology of certain parties incited crime, former Director of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) P.K. Hormis Tharakan has said.

He was addressing a seminar on ‘Criminalisation in politics' organised by the Institute of Social Research and Action here on Wednesday.

The strengthening of the Goonda Act can help curb crime. More fast-track courts should be set up to ensure the speedy disposal of cases. Political crimes could also be tried in these courts, Mr. Tharakan said.

The seminar was inaugurated by Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan who said the police would not remain passive, referring to the statements on political murders by Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI-M] Idukki district secretary M.M. Mani.

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala, who presided over the function, said political murders cannot take place without the knowledge of the top leadership of political parties, in reference to the recent murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrashekharan.

He called upon the State government to ensure the proper functioning of jails in the State.

“There are reports that even people serving double life terms are coming out on parole and committing grave crimes. The Home Minister must look into such matters and take necessary action,” he said.

Quotation gangs had been making life difficult for the common man. Such teams were operating in connivance with the sand-mining mafia and their operations extended even to rural areas, he said.

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader and former Minister Benoy Viswom said the face of Communism was not that of Stalin but that of Marx. “Political parties cannot deal with their rivals by means of violence. Violence will not help in winning over anyone.

The CPI will support all efforts to check criminalisation of politics,” he said.

Media commentator Bhasurendra Babu said the ‘media-mafia' had gone on a rampage after the Onchiyam incident. Political murders in Malabar were the result of ‘Kadathanadan' backwardness, he said.

Joseph Vazhakkan, MLA; poet V. Madhusoodhnan Nair; former Chief Secretary C.P. Nair; and sculptor Kanai Kunhiraman also spoke.

The seminar also demanded stringent monitoring of election funds of political parties.