Refutes charge that the government is using the police to suppress strike

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has pooh-poohed the charge of Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan that the State government is using the police to crush the ongoing strike by government employees and teachers owing allegiance to the Left.

‘‘By saying so, the CPI(M) may be thinking of using the police to enliven the strike, which is on the verge of failure,’’ Mr. Radhakrishnan told newspersons at Kadampuzha, near Valanchery, on Friday.

He was speaking after presiding over a function in which Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated a newly established police station at Kadampuzha.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said there would be two opinions in all strikes.

‘‘When the CPI(M) says we are suppressing the agitation by using the police, the employees’ unions which keep away from the strike say that the police are doing nothing to prevent the agitators from destroying peace,’’ he said.

He warned that the police would not remain spectators if the striking employees continued to engage in disruptive activities.

The Minister said that even when being accommodative to all sections of society, the government would not care for those who insisted that everything should be under their control.

He said the government’s aim was to mould a new-generation police force. With the arrival of highly educated personnel in large numbers, the State police force has become much smarter than before, he said.

The young generation of the police has proved their abilities by cracking many sensational and complicated cases of late, he said adding that everything possible would be done to enhance the quality of the force. ‘‘Anyone can approach police stations anytime without fear,’’ he said.

New police station

The new police station will function from a hired building near Maithri Auditorium at Kadampuzha until an own structure is built in 50 cents secured for the purpose. The new police station has been created by taking portions from the Kalpakanchery, Kottakkal, Kolathur, and Valanchery stations. The whole of Marakkara panchayat and portions of four neighbouring panchayats will be under the jurisdiction of the new police station. It was the sixth police station being set up after the United Democratic Front (UDF) came to power in the State.

As many as 15 police personnel have been posted at Kadampuzha.

The Minister said the strength would soon be enhanced.

M.P. Abdussamad Samadani, MLA; district panchayat president Suhara Mampad; Inspector General of Police (Thrissur range) S. Gopinathan; district Superintendent of Police K. Sethuraman; Marakkara grama panchayat president O. Jameela; Kuttippuram block panchayat president K.P. Vaheeda; and district Congress Committee president E. Mohammed Kunhi; were among those who spoke.

  • Warns staff against disruptive activities

  • New-generation police force

    being moulded