KERALA

Govt. did not handle students' stir properly: Murali

KOZHIKODE AUG. 10. The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president, K. Muraleedharan, MP, today said that he is dissatisfied with the way the UDF Government had dealt the strike by pro-LDF students organisations.

Talking to reporters here in connection with the inauguration of the new telephone exchange at Kokkallur in Kozhikode district today, Mr. Muraleedharan also said that he was in agreement with the demands of the striking students.

"However, I have strong disagreement with the method of agitation by the students.''

He said that he could not make a public statement in this regard as the KPCC president, but added that he would raise this issue before the forum concerned.

He said that there should not be a confrontation with the Opposition.

He said that the party's stance was that rehabilitation should be carried out in Marad.

Church Council plea

Our Staff Reporter writes from Kottayam: The Inter-Church Council for Education has taken exception to the Government action of involving teachers' organisations in today's talks. In a statement here today, the council secretary, Fr. Joseph Puthenkulam, said the managements were not bound by the decisions of the talks as they had been kept out of the discussions.

The managements would not accept any decision which goes against the spirit of the judgments from the apex court in this regard, he said.

KSU flays violence

Our Staff Reporter adds from Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Students' Union (KSU) has accused the pro-Left student organisations of unleashing violence in the name of the ongoing agitation against the "wrong policies" of the State Government.

The non-stop violence perpetrated by these organisations had brought shame on the student community, said P.C. Vishnunath, State president of the KSU.

This was the time when serious debate was on in society over the ban of political activity on campuses.

The `petrol bomb culture' and the destruction of public property would only create a bad impression about the student community in the minds of the masses, he said in a statement here today.