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Chandy visits Panmana Ashram

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Chief Minister says culprits will not be allowed to escape



PROMISING ACTION: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy holding talks with Swamy Kaivalyananda at the Panmana Ashram, near Kollam, on Sunday.

KOLLAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that anti-socials elements are under the impression that their activities during the dead of the night would go unpunished for lack of witnesses.

Talking to presspersons on his visit to the Panmana Ashram, near here, on Sunday, the Chief Minister said the Government had taken all measures to ensure that culprits did not escape from the law even if there were no witnesses to their criminal acts.

Mr. Chandy said attack on religious and community institutions would cause tension and rift in society. Hence the Government was viewing such attacks with seriousness.

He said he could not understand the criticisms against the Government from SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan in connection with the attack on an SNDP branch office at Mavelikara. Within three hours of the attack, the police had arrested 12 persons allegedly behind the attack and yet Mr. Natesan was finding fault with the Government and raising baseless allegations, he said.

The Chief Minister's visit to the ashram was in connection with the attack on the statue of Goddess Lakshmi in front of the ashram on October 23.

The development had resulted in tension erupting in the area. Investigation of the case was first handed over to the Crime Branch and later to a special team of the police as demanded by an action council attached to the ashram.

Mr. Chandy, who arrived at the ashram at 11.30 a.m., had a closed-door meeting with Swamy Kaivalyananda of the ashram along with South Zone IG T.P. Sen Kumar, who is directing the special investigation team.

Following talks, the Chief Minister agreed to rename the Panmana Manayil School in the vicinity of the ashram as the Bala Bhattaraka Vilasam Sanskrit School as demanded by the ashram. He agreed to consider support to the ashram development scheme submitted to the Government some time back.

He also agreed to entrust the Chattambi Swami Samadhi Memorial with the Manayil School complex to the ashram.

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