Special Correspondent

Day to be observed as `People's Vigilance Day'

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) has called off the dawn-to-dusk hartal it had proposed to organise on Wednesday to register its protest against the rise in thefts in the city and suburbs.

District LDF leaders, led by CPI(M) district secretary M. Vijayakumar, told a news conference here on Tuesday that the hartal had been called off in view of the State School Athletics Meet, sub-district level school youth festivals and the flow of pilgrims to Sabarimala.

Mr. Vijayakumar said the LDF activists would now observe Wednesday as `People's Vigilance Day'. Members of the vigilance groups formed by the LDF in the district would take a pledge to fight against anti-social activities including burglaries.

The LDF would continue to maintain vigil against thefts that had rocked the city over the last one month, he added.

Mr. Vijayakumar came down heavily on the police for what he termed its inept handling of the situation and pointed out that even culprits nabbed by the police were escaping with ease. People had lost faith in the law-enforcing agency and it was now left to the people to fend for themselves.

Replying to a question, he said the members of the vigilance squads at the local level would be given identification badges so that they could do their bit in maintaining law and order in their localities.