Special Correspondent

Tribute to communists those killed in 1948 police firing

KOZHIKODE: The Onchiyam Martyrs' Square was inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan as a tribute to the memory of the 10 persons who died in police firing and torture at Onchiyam here this day 59 years ago.

Memories of the mayhem which took place on April 30, 1948 are sacred to communists who believe the killings by the police were at the orders of the then Congress leadership which was worried about the growing strength of the then Communist Party of India and its labour wing.

Pinarayi flays Antony

Speaking at the function, CPI(M) State general secretary Pinarayi Vijayan hit out at the recent statement made by Defence Minister and Congress leader A.K. Antony questioning the propriety of the decision of LDF Government to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Communist Government in Kerala.

Mr. Vijayan said while it was true that Mr. Antony's comments might have been prompted by his well-known stand in favour of the Liberation Struggle that led to the dismissal of the Government headed by E.M.S. Namboodiripad, it was undeniable that the EMS Government was instrumental in initiating social reforms that had a major impact in the social and political life of the State.

"The EMS Government should be a model for all," Mr. Vijayan remarked at the function.

The CPI(M) leader also made it clear that even party men who criticised the party and all those who supported them would have to face action.

He mentioned in this context the name of K.C. Umesh Babu, poet and a party supporter in Kannur, against whom CPI(M) had taken action for criticising party leadership.