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Updated: August 21, 2012 14:43 IST

Inflammatory messages: Kerala-based outfit under scanner

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A file photo of Kerala Home Minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan. Photo: Ratheesh Kumar
A file photo of Kerala Home Minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan. Photo: Ratheesh Kumar

Kerala-based Popular Front of India has come under the scanner of intelligence agencies for its suspected role in spreading inflammatory SMSs and MMSs following Assam violence, that triggered exodus of northeastern people from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Taking note of reports in this regard in local media, State Home Minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan has asked ADGP (Intelligence) to cross-check the matter with Central authorities.

“We have taken note of the reports. The intelligence head of State police has been asked to cross-check the matter with Central agencies to find out the facts,” Mr Radhakrishnan told PTI.

He said so far there had been no reported incident of panic fleeing by migrant North Easterners from Kerala as had happened in some other States.

Only an isolated case of some unidentified persons intimidating migrant workers in a hollow-brick unit in Malappuram district had been reported and cases had been registered against 12 persons, he said.

Meanwhile, rejecting reports that it was involved in creating scare among the labourers from north-Eest States, PFI general secretary Abdul Hameed said the organisation was ready to face any inquiry.

“This is not for the first time that PFI is being targeted. In all earlier cases, PFI has proved the allegations wrong and come out clean. But, unfortunately, our innocence never used to get published in media,” Mr Hameed told PTI.

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It appears quite unlikely that an SMS generated from Kerala set off exodus from other states when Kerala itself has been relatively free of the incident. If that is a fact the misinformation might have spread in the state with equal vigor. Anyway it is very unfortunate that a lot of people have been affected by the misinformation spread by some misguided elements. Thanks to modern technology that we can scare criminal elements inclined to misusing communication system for nefarious purposes by able to track sources by the police.

from:  Jayaram
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 01:42 IST

This is where our system really fails, almost every one knows who is the
culprit but nothing can be done there is no concrete proof

from:  Arun MP
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 14:36 IST
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