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The press conference, addressed by the Chief Minister soon after the terms were wrapped up, was also attended by the Finance Minister, K. Sankaranarayanan, the Industries Minister, P. K. Kunhalikutty, the BJP State president, P. S. Sreedharan Pillai, the BJP State general secretary, P. P. Mukundan, the Hindu Aikya Vedi chairman and general secretary, J. Sisupalan and Kummanom Rajasekharan respectively, the RSS leader, K.C. Kannan, Marad Araya Samajam secretary, T. Suresh, and journalist, K. Kunhikannan.
The following is the operative part of the agreement:
a) The October 2 meeting held in Kozhikkode between leaders of various Hindu and Muslim organisations in the presence of Mr. Gopinathan Nair had come to an understanding on the need to conduct an inquiry into the conspiracy, inter-State connections and terrorist links in the Marad incident. The meeting had proposed to the Chief Minister a CBI inquiry on the above lines. The Chief Minister has agreed to present the proposal before the Cabinet and take further action on it on the basis of legal advice.
b) A compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs each would be paid to the dependents of those killed in the incident.
c) One person among the dependents of those killed would be given employment in Government or quasi-Government institutions on the basis of their qualifications.
d) A compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs each would be paid to those who were seriously injured in the violence and are under medical treatment and a compensation of Rs. 3 lakhs for those who sustained other kinds of injury.
e) Immediate steps would be taken to implement the rehabilitation of those dislocated.
f) Financial aid would be given to those who lost their implements and houses. The Fisheries Department would evaluate and fix the quantum of assistance.
g) A special Marad development package would be implemented with special attention to drinking water supply, health, roads, electricity and sea wall construction. This would be taken up as soon as the project proposals are received.
h) Immediate steps would be taken to establish a Coast Guard station at Beypore.
i) A police station would be established at Marad.
j) All cases related to the agitations held in connection with the Marad issue would be withdrawn.
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