Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The Janathipathiya Samrakshana Samithi has demanded a comprehensive probe into the political connections of Bachu Rehaman, an accused in two major cases. The party's fourth State conference passed a resolution in support of its demand against Rehaman, who, it alleged, had ties with Aroor MLA A.M. Arif of the LDF.

The resolution said that news reports and published photographs had established the connections between the two. The police were now investigating Rehaman's role in a case relating to fake currency smuggling from Pakistan. Rehaman was also involved in the Sabarimala Tantri case, the resolution said.

Mr. Arif had defeated JSS leader K.R. Gauri in the last Assembly election, prompting strong reaction from the party. The resolution said that there were allegations that the LDF candidate spent huge sums of money to defeat Ms. Gauri.

The reports about the involvement of Rehaman in a fake currency smuggling case were shocking and a matter of great concern. The resolution wanted the State and Central Governments to take appropriate action to expose such dubious political ties in the interest of national security.

`Miserable failure'

The JSS, in another resolution, said that the LDF Government was a miserable failure on all fronts. It lost its collective responsibility with the Chief Minister, ministers and his party State secretary expressing contradictory opinions.

It expressed concern at the steep rise in prices of essential commodities and its impact on the common man. The resolution noted that `goonda' activity was on the rise since the LDF assumed power.

It expressed concern at the increasing number of communal clashes and the failure of the Government to suppress them.