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Law and order in disarray, says Veliyam Bhargavan

By Our Staff Reporter

KANNUR, MARCH 21. The Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary, Veliyam Bhargavan, has said that the law and order situation in the State is in total disarray as the Government abstains from taking action against mafia gangs.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme organised by the Press Club here today, he alleged that mafia groups in the State enjoyed political patronage. Once the nexus gains strength, the law and order situation in the State will be worse than in Bihar. He urged the Government to entrust to the police the task of booking mafia gangs.

Referring to the incidents of violence at Punnad and Iritty here, Mr. Bhargavan said these were an affront to the tradition of the State. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the National Development Front (NDF) engage in extremist and fundamentalist activities that will disintegrate the country. Terming the RSS and the NDF as enemies of the nation, he urged secular-minded people to isolate them.

Mr. Bhargavan said the NDF's claim that it was defending the Muslims was a case of bragging. The activities of the NDF are in fact harmful to the interests of the Muslims, he said adding that the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is keeping silent on the activities of the NDF. If the IUML had launched a campaign against the activities of the NDF, it would have strengthened the secular campaign against the RSS, he said adding that the Government is inactive in dealing with extremist and fundamentalist outfits.

Congress infighting

Touching on the group rivalry in the State unit of the Congress, Mr. Bhargavan said the Congress had lost its sense of values as its leaders were concerned about posts and positions. The talk of the entry of the faction loyal to K. Karunakaran and K. Muraleedharan into the Left Democratic Front is only a bargaining point. A realignment of the political equation in the State is impossible as there is a clear political polarisation here.

Mr. Bhargavan reiterated his party's stand that a reunification of Communist parties alone could strengthen the Communist movement in the country. The coming CPI Party Congress will give serious consideration to the idea, he said.

Flaying the abkari policy of the Government, he said the move to reduce the number of toddy shops and give more permits for starting beer parlours would be against the interests of the common man.

The CPI leader urged the Government to order a high-level inquiry into the SSLC question paper leak. Real culprits behind it should be brought to book.

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