Staff Reporter

Tension prevails at Nehru Trophy ward in the municipality

ALAPPUZHA: A group of people who fled the Nehru Trophy ward in Alappuzha municipality following the killing of a Communist Party of India (Marxist) activist and subsequent clashes between the CPI(M) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists said that 17 families, who left the place, were being prevented from returning to the area by anti-social elements.

At a press conference here on Saturday, K. Gangadharan, K.K. Gopi and A.G. Jagadamma, who represented the families, said all the displaced persons belonged to Scheduled Caste communities and were finding it difficult to live. The Congress candidate won from the ward in the last municipal elections, defeating the CPI(M) candidate.

The CPI (M) activists attacked the RSS and Bharatiya Janata Party sympathisers alleging that they had voted for the Congress candidate, said Mr. Gopi. A CPI (M) activist was killed in the clash that ensued. Mr. Gangadharan said that many houses belonging to those of the Scheduled Castes were destroyed and their belongings looted. The homes of many UDF and CPI (M) sympathisers also came under attack, said Mr. Gangadharan. He alleged that the police and district authorities failed to take any action.

Although a complaint was filed before the Alappuzha District Superintendent of Police, he did not take any action, Mr. Gangadharan added.

He demanded that the authorities take urgent steps to rehabilitate the people and ensure peace in the area. He said that they would resort to agitations if the authorities failed to take requisite action.