Staff Reporter

In the wake of communal disturbances in Mangalore

Thalappady: The district administration on Monday convened a meeting at Thalappady in the wake of the communal disturbances across the border in Mangalore and formed a peace committee to prevent the violence from spreading to Kasaragod. Additional District Magistrate T.V Gangadharan; Superintendent of Police P.K. Nataraj and Dy.SPs Aloysius Desouza and K. Ravindran attended the meeting besides local social workers and political leaders.

To ensure peace in the area, the police have put restrictions on meetings by political parties for the next two weeks. The situation will be closely monitored. Permission for meetings will be granted only after reviewing the situation.

The authorities were also told about the difficulties faced by passengers to reach Mangalore airport. Students were also finding it difficult to travel safely. The police said that they would take steps to solve these problems.

Police step up vigil

Special Correspondent writes from Thiruvananthapuram: The State Government has stepped up vigil to prevent the communal disturbance in Mangalore in Karnataka from spreading to the adjoining areas of Kasaragod district in Kerala, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told the Assembly on Monday.

Replying to a submission from K.C. Kunhambu, he said the Government had deployed additional police force in the sensitive areas of Kasaragod district. The police had also ensured the full cooperation of local community leaders to prevent untoward incidents on the Kerala side of the inter-State border.

He said Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan had convened a meeting of the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police to discuss the situation. The Kasaragod district administration was maintaining a close watch over the situation and there was no reason for concern, Mr. Kodiyeri said.

He said the Karnataka police had made special arrangements to escort Keralites stranded in the disturbed areas to the inter-State border. The Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police were in constant touch with their counterparts in Karnataka, he added.