Kodungallur- People keep indoors as tension mounts

via Pioneer News Service | Thrissur published on July 7, 2008

Kodungallur, the temple town, is tense following the recent murder of DYFI local leader Biju and the atrocities committed by the DYFI and the CPI(M) after the murder. Even as a strong police contingent was present, a group of 15 unidentified masked men attacked the house of a local DYFI worker Shameer in the wee hours of Monday .

Police have been mute spectators to the whole issue and BJP State president PK Krishnadas has told mediapersons the other day that the top police officers should also be named culprits in the first information report (FIR) regarding the Kodungallur incidents.

DYFI and CPI(M) men had gone on a rampage even as the news of Biju’s death had arrived in the town, destroying buses, shops and establishments. The BJP State president had alleged that a loss of more than 4 crores was reported in the attack and violence unleashed by DYFI and CPI(M) men.

The CPI(M) district leadership however said that the party has no role in the violence unleashed in Kodungallur and added that it was a group of criminals in the garb of party workers who had created problems in the area. CPI(M) district secretary Baby John while speaking to reporters said that the party would look into the incidents and would bring to book the real culprits.

BJP district president Sreeshan Atiyat told The Pioneer that there is a clear agenda behind the CPI(M) creating problems in the area and added that the party is hand in glove with certain fundamentalist elements in the district and is targeting BJP and RSS workers.

BJP State president PK Krishnadas had also called for a CBI inquiry into the whole issue and had alleged that certain fundamentalist outfits are active in the area who are creating issues dragging the BJP and the RSS in the same.

The series of killings and counter killings between the CPI(M) and the RSS-BJP combine had started when Yuvamorcha Mandalam president Satyesh was assassinated by the CPI(M) workers while travelling on a motorbike. This had resulted in counter attacks with a sequence of killings taking place.

There are also allegations that the State police is remaining mute spectators to the whole issue and that the police is totally biased.

Highly placed sources in the district administration told The Pioneer that there were clear instructions from the top echelons of the CPI(M) to the police not to interfere when the DYFI, CPI(M) workers were on the rampage.

The Opposition Congress and the UDF has alleged that the police were acting in a bias manner in Kodungallur. The entire Opposition Congress-led UDF staged a walkout in the Assembly on Monday demanding compensation for those who suffered losses in the violence unleashed by DYFI activists in Kodungallur.

Before trooping his men out of the House, Opposition leader Oommen Chandy said the police remained mute spectators when the ruling party activists attacked shops, buses and houses.

He said the Opposition was ready to extend all possible help to the Government to suppress violence.

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