Staff Reporter

KANNUR: The Janakeeya Vimochana Munnani (JVM) on Wednesday justified the `trial' of Dutch research scholar Luisa Johanna by its activists and those of its Adivasi wing, Adivasi Vimochana Munnani (AVM).

Ms. Johanna, a student of Budapest University, Hungary, was engaged in research through a Dutch agency which is learnt to have been functioning as per the `fact book' of the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States. She reached Kerala through a non-government organisation functioning near Mannarkad, Palakkad. The police asked her to leave the country as she did not have any `required document' for conducting research, Vilayodi Shivankutty and Sudhakaran Ponnada, who claimed to be the secretary and State committee member of the JVM, said at a press conference here.

The JVM would continue to expose `imperialist spies' and their `collaborators' who were engaged in `anti-national' activities through research institutions and funding networks. The detention of 20 JVM-AVM activists who participated in the protest against Ms. Johanna was not justified.