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Tension near Kottayam town following raids
PFI leaders term raids undemocratic
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The police seized country-made bombs, weapons and incriminating material in raids at the offices of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political arm, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), houses of their activists and suspected locations in different parts of the State on Tuesday.
In Kannur, raids continued for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, this time in 20 places across the district. The police seized 26 country-made bombs, 17 of them from an SDPI office at Punnad, near Iritty, and eight powerful ‘steel' bombs from Parad, near Panur, which comes under the Kolavallur police station limits. They also unearthed swords and iron rods.
In a related development, the Thalassery police registered a case against 50-odd PFI workers for staging a demonstration in the town on Monday in protest against the raids.
Raids were conducted in over 50 places in different parts of Kozhikode district. A raid conducted on the State committee office (Unity House) of the PFI near Mavoor Road in Kozhikode city yielded documents, pamphlets and compact discs. City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan said a case would be registered only after a thorough examination of the contents.
In a development not connected with the PFI, the police recovered 178 detonators and seven metres of fuse wire from the house of a quarry worker at Nenmanda in the Balussery police station limits. A case under various sections of the Explosives Substances Act was registered against him.
In Kottayam, raids were reportedly conducted in at least two places in the town and at Kanjirappally and Erattupetta. There was tension when an irate mob prevented the police from entering a religious centre at Kummanam, near Kottayam town. The police, however, went ahead with the raid, but it did not yield any incriminating material. The mob thereupon vent its anger on media representatives, leaving three of them injured.
Raids were conducted at Kottarakara, Kulathupuzha, Kaizhurutti, Thenmala, Karunagapally and Anchalamoodu in Kollam district. Weapons were reportedly not found in any of these places. Similar raids were conducted in Palakkad, Malappuram and Thrissur districts.
Meanwhile, PFI leaders Nasarudeen Elamaram and P. Abdul Hameed termed the raids undemocratic and unconstitutional. They alleged that it was part of a conspiracy hatched by the State government machinery .
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