The investigation into the weapon haul from an arms training centre at Narath in Kannur has established a possible nexus some Popular Front of India (PFI) activists had with forces inimical across the border forcing the authorities to hand over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has said.

Mr. Radhakrishnan told reporters here on Friday that the police had begun a detailed investigation into the activities of the Popular Front of India (PFI) following the seizure of weapons.

He said a few witnesses turning hostile at the special court would not affect the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case trial as the magistrate court had earlier recorded statements of the witnesses.

The Minister maintained that the crime graph in Kasaragod had come down considerably owing to effective policing in communally sensitive localities. The police would set up a special control room here to maintain law and order, he said.

The Home Department had deployed 150 more police personnel and provided vehicles to ensure round-the-clock vigil in sensitive localities.

The Minister later inaugurated a special police control room at a function at the Municipal Conference hall. N.A. Nellikkunnu, K. Kunhiraman, E. Chandrasekharan, K. Kunhiraman, MLAs, municipal chairman T.E. Abdulla, and ADGP (North) N. Shakar Reddy attended the function.

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