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Tight vigil in Malabar region

Staff Reporter

Ban orders clamped on Kozhikode


Assemblies, processions banned

Public shouting of slogans, playing of music not allowed


Kozhikode: Security has been stepped up in north Kerala in view of the Allahabad High Court planning to deliver its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit on Friday.

District Collector P.B. Salim said prohibitory orders would be clamped under Section 19 and 21 of the Kerala Police Act in the district on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The order prohibited assemblies and processions and carrying of swords, spears, guns and other offensive weapons at public places.

It also bans carrying, collection and preparation of stones or other articles intended to be used as missiles, or of instruments or means of casting or of impelling missiles. The order bans the exhibition of persons, corpses, figures or effigies in any public place; and the public utterance of cries or slogans, singing of songs or playing of music.

Meanwhile, Additional Director-General of Police (North Zone) Mahesh Kumar Singla on Wednesday held a meeting with Inspector-Generals of Police of Kannur and Thrissur ranges at his office to chalk out precautionary measures to deal with the possible communal tension and political fallout in Malabar region. Police would be deployed in large numbers in all the communally-sensitive areas in the districts of Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad and Thrissur.

Speaking to The Hindu here, Mr. Singla said instructions had been issued to coordinate activities of the local police, intelligence wings and armed battalions. Patrolling would be intensified on the State and National Highways. Police teams would keep a tab on trouble-makers infiltrating from the neighboring States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Temporary police pickets would be installed on specified locations to check vehicles. Squads had been formed for anti-sabotage checking at bus stands, railway stations and hotels.

Around 18-20 companies, each consisting of 80 police personnel of the armed reserve, in addition to the local police would be deployed in the sensitive spots in Kasaragod district. Similarly, the entire police machinery would be utilised to deal with any exigencies in the rural areas of Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. Battalions of the Malabar Special Police and Rapid Action Force would be pressed into service, if required, he said.

The intelligence wing had already gathered details on the communally-prone regions in north Kerala. Some identified areas, which were reported to be highly sensitive during the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992, were normal now, Mr. Singla said. The Superintendents of Police in each district as well as the Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode city, would coordinate with District Collectors to obtain logistical inputs to tackle any untoward incident.

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