Says increasing number of cases of dogs being killed not taken seriously

The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded that the Union Home Ministry launch a comprehensive probe into source of funds distributed by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) under the guise of relief measures in north Kerala.

Addressing a news conference here on Thursday, BJP State president V. Muraleedharan said that doubts had been raised about the funds mobilised and distributed by the local committees of the IUML in the wake of the reports that counterfeit currency had been pumped into the State.

Only a thorough investigation into the cases registered in the State in the past five years would bring to light whether any members of the ruling party had connections with the anti-national activities. The investigation in some of these cases remained in limbo, Mr. Muraleedharan said.

NIA probe

A recent probe by the National Investigation Agency revealed that some of the accused involved in terror-linked cases had brought counterfeit currencies to the State. Two years ago the police had busted a fake currency racket in Kozhikode.

However, the probe had been hushed up when investigators got evidence of the role of a personal staff of a Minister in the case, Mr. Muraleedharan said.

He also said that recently a bank in Kasaragod had to return a sum of Rs.50 lakh to an IUML activist after officials found that currency notes he had brought to deposit were fake.

Another such incident of a fake currency was also reported from Kottakkal in Malappuram district, he said.

Dog killing

Mr. Muraleedharan said the State government was yet to take a serious view of the increasing number of cases of dogs being killed as part of a training programme by fundamentalist outfits in Kozhikode, Kannur, and Malappuram.

Dogs were hunted down by extremists groups during night hours. This was not the work of some anti-social elements. But a terrorist activity which was also getting the patronage of ruling party members, he said.