CPM hires Santa, hides in helmet

via www.newindpress.com published on December 22, 2007

T’PURAM: Is there any relation between the intense helmet raid in the capital and the CPM district conference scheduled to begin next week?

Sources in the CPM told this website’s newspaper that the intensified raid was a proper thanksgiving by the CPM district leadership to a leading helmet manufacturer.

A leading helmet company is learnt to have contributed a hefty sum for the district conference of the CPM, which will be held in the city from December 26 to 28. As a result, there was a considerable increase in the number of two-wheeler riders booked for not wearing helmets in the city.

“Each SI in the traffic police stations is assigned a daily target for booking helmet-less travellers. It will range between 100-150 cases per day,” said a traffic police constable.

The instructions come from the top officials and those in the fields had to obey it. “A former corporation councillor and a trade union leader had brokered the deal with the helmet company. If the operation becomes successful in Thiruvananthapuram, the same model will be implemented on a large scale for the state conference in Kottayam,” said a district leader of the CPM.

But, the official leadership of the party vehemently denied such allegations. When contacted, the district committee office of the party told this website’s newspaper that such an allegation was baseless and the party hadn’t accepted donations from helmet companies.

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