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Action against airport officials demanded

By Our Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE, NOV. 3. The former Union Minister and BJP leader O. Rajagopal today demanded that action be initiated against the Calicut Airport officials for allowing the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) cadres to lay siege to the Karipur airport on Monday.

Addressing a news conference here, he said the IUML activists had removed the national flag at the terminal tower of the airport and instead hoisted their party flag. Such acts of vandalism were a breach of security at the airport, he said.

He called upon the officials of the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and Home Affairs to also look into the issue of allowing party workers to construct a makeshift podium near the cargo complex and permitting the Industries Minister, P.K. Kunhalikutty, to make provocative statements against his detractors. He said the IUML had converted the airport into their party office with its leaders even taking charge of checking in passengers and controlling the airport officials for several hours. Nearly 52 passengers had missed their flight owing to the chaos at the airport. Karipur airport was in the list of the high security airports where large-scale smuggling was taking place, he added.

CBI probe sought

Mr. Rajagopal also urged the State Government to order a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the attack on mediapersons at the Karipur airport. "It was deplorable that the police refused to give protection to a reporter when she pleaded for help. It was unfortunate that the UDF failed to discuss the issue. Except a section of IUML leaders, all political parties had condemned the incident," he said.

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