KERALA

Mani mum on police policy

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Oct. 31. The Revenue Minister, K.M. Mani, has refused to join the chorus of criticism against the police top brass, but has underscored the need for the police to behave well with both public persons and ordinary people.

Replying to questions at a news conference here today, Mr. Mani said the police policy of the Government was what the Chief Minister had articulated the other day and, as a Cabinet Minister, he would stand by it. He was of the view that if there was any isolated instance of breach of declared policy, it should be brought to be notice of the Chief Minister and Government. The Revenue Minister refused to offer any further comment on the issue despite reporters quizzing him closely.

Mr. Mani also brushed aside the KC(B) chairman, R. Balakrishna Pillai's statements regarding reunification of the Kerala Congress factions and said the questions that Mr. Pillai had raised did not deserve any reply. Asked whether the close association between the KC(B) and KC(Jacob) was a pointer to reunification of all Kerala Congress factions in future, Mr. Mani said the matter could be considered after watching the success of the KC(B)-KC(Jacob) experiment.

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