All political groups should take care to maintain the current peace in the district, District Collector Rathan Kelkar has said.

He was speaking at an all-party peace meeting at the Collectorate here on Friday.

The meeting, attended by political party leaders, police officers, and Revenue Department representatives, reviewed various conflicts and police actions in the district.

Response to complaints

Responding to complaints by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)], Communist Party of India (CPI), and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) with reference to the case in which one person was arrested with weapons near the house of CPI(M) State unit secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, district police chief Rahul R. Nair said the case was being investigated by the Crime Branch.

Some political groups expressed dissent over the removal of flags placed on roads and public places by the police at the meeting.

Mr. Nair said the police had not handed over the flags to political parties at the Chakkarakkal police station.

Instead, they were forcefully taken away by party workers. A case had been registered in this connection, he said.

Mr. Nair said a letter would be sent to the Tamil Nadu police for strengthening the case in which eight persons had been arrested in connection with the death of an engineering student at Namakkal, near Salem.

The meeting discussed the seminary desecration at Thalassery. One person was wanted in the case, while the remaining accused had been arrested, the police said.

Scrutinise

The police would scrutinise venues of all fetes and beaches during the Vishu season. They would also check the illegal sale of alcohol and crackers during the festival.

K.K. Narayanan, MLA; Additional District Magistrate Suresh Joseph; and representatives of political parties, including the CPI (M), CPI, IUML, Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Socialist Janata (Democratic), Kerala Congress (M), Congress (S), Nationalist Congress Party, Revolutionary Socialist Party(B), Kerala Congress (Jacob), Janata Dal (S), Janadhipathya Samrakshana Samithi, and Communist Marxist Party, were present.

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