Staff Reporter

CPI(M) leader promises LDF's help for Maudany's release Promises LDF's help for Maudany's release

IRITTY (KANNUR): Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the State Government has failed to check activities of religious extremists and fundamentalist outfits.

At a press conference here on Tuesday, after a public reception to the Kerala March, led by him, Mr. Vijayan said the Government had not taken seriously intelligence warnings about such activities in some parts of the State.

Monday's seizure of explosive material in Kozhikode was a continuation of a series of incidents, such as a blast on a fishing boat at Beypore in Kozhikode and unearthing of a unit making crude bombs at Narath in Kannur.

No arrests had, so far, been made in connection with these cases.

Stating that the Government's inactivity had been encouraging the extremist and fundamentalist outfits, Mr. Vijayan urged the Government to constitute a special police team to investigate their activities.

The CPI(M) would initiate awareness campaigns against religious fundamentalism, and the party would in no way be found helpful to these outfits in return for a few votes.

Maudany issue

He said that before the previous Assembly elections, the United Democratic Front (UDF), for reaping political gain, had promised intervention for the release of the People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nassar Maudany from a Coimbatore jail. After coming to power, the UDF reversed the stand, saying that Mr. Maudany's release would endanger law and order in the State. If it came to power after the next Assembly election, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) would do whatever was possible, legally, for the release of Mr. Maudany. It would not adopt the 'inhuman' stand of the ruling front on the issue.

Mr. Vijayan said if elected to power, the LDF would take various measures for safeguarding handloom and beedi sectors, which were now in a crisis. The proposed Azhikkal port and Kannur airport would be given top priority, he added.

Rousing reception

The Kerala March was received by a huge crowd of party workers and supporters here in the morning. The town was veiled in red, as the march, which started from Manjeswaram in Kasaragod on Sunday, reached here.

The CPI(M) organised a public function to receive the leaders Paloli Mohammed Kutty, P.K. Gurudasan, A.K. Balan, M.C. Josephine, Elamaram Kareen and Anathalavattom Anandan who are participating in the march. Before entering the town, the march was greeted with fireworks at Alakkode. After this, the march was escorted to the town from Ulikkal by party workers on motorcycles.

The entire eastern hill areas of the district witnessed a huge mobilisation of party workers for public functions in connection with the reception. Thousands of party workers from Mattannur, Sreekantapuram, Peravur and Iritty turned out. Percussion and band troupes, as well as fireworks, gave a festive touch to the function. A.P. Abdullakutty, MP; M.V. Govindan and M. Prakashan, MLAs; and the party leaders P. Sasi and K.M. Joseph were present.