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CPI(M) to inquire into Maoist links of members

District unit forms internal panel for inquiry

Faced with the ignominy of two of its young activists booked for alleged Maoist links, the CPI(M) Kozhikode district unit has constituted an internal committee to inquire into their activities.

Alan Suhaib, 20, and Thaha Fasal, 24, who were charged under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), are attached to the Meenchanda and Paramal branches respectively under the south area committee of the CPI(M) in the district. Both of them, taken into custody last Friday, are in judicial custody.

A marathon meeting of the party’s Kozhikode south area committee on Thursday, in which district secretary P. Mohanan participated, decided not to take any hasty decision on the issue.

A CPI(M) functionary said the meeting decided to maintain the status quo until the committee submitted its report, possibly in a week. However, several party members argued for disciplinary action against the youths, whose activities allegedly remained clandestine all these years.

C.P. Musafir Ahammed, secretary of the area committee, said the meeting was a routine one. The party had nothing to discuss or disclose on the issue with the media. Certainly such things would be communicated at the appropriate time, Mr. Mohanan told journalists .

What has embarrassed the party is the stance of public prosecutor K.N. Jayakumar, who endorsed the version of the police that the youths were Maoists.

Meanwhile, the Police Department has shot down a proposal of the Prisons Department to shift Alan and Thaha to the Central Prison, Viyyur, from the Kozhikode District Jail.

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