An all-party peace meeting called by District Collector P.B. Salim to restore harmony in the strife-torn areas of Nadapuram urged the police to constitute a special investigation team to probe into the recent incidents of violence there.
The meeting held at the Nadapuram rest house on Saturday was attended by Vadakara Superintendent of Police Neeraj Kumar Gupta; K.K. Lathika, MLA; Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader and Nadapuram grama panchayat president Soopy Narikkateri; Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leaders P. Mohanan and V.P. Kunhikrishnan.
Mr. Gupta said he would constitute a special investigation team headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police. The cases would also be monitored by him.
Dr. Salim said the IUML and the CPI(M), which were involved in the post-poll violence, would hold separate meetings on November 22 and 23, and a joint public meeting at Chelakkad on November 24.
The district administration will also start projects modelled on the Sparsham (Project for Sustainable Poverty Alleviation and Reformation of the Sea-belt area of Marad) involving women of different communities at Nadapuram. The Sparsham project has been successfully implemented providing employment to more than 250 women in the coastal village of Marad.
‘Jagrata Samitis' comprising local people would assist the police in patrol duty in the night. Stone pelting and hurling bombs at houses occurs usually in the night. Squads would carry out campaigns in all wards of the grama panchayat.
The peace meet condemned the violence and the stockpiling of weapons in the region. Leaders of the IUML and the CPI(M) told the meeting that they would not protect their workers if they were involved in violent action. However, they cautioned the police against arresting innocent persons.
The meeting demanded that the police take stern action against the mastermind behind attack on party offices and houses of party activists and sympathisers.
Nadapuram has been witnessing violent clashes between the workers of the IUML and the CPI(M) after the local body polls on October 23. The police also recovered steel and pipe bombs from various places, including the politically sensitive Chelakkad in the Nadapuram police station limits.