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CPI(M) not to protect killers: Kodiyeri

Urges CM to call all-party meeting to address political murder issue

CPI(M) State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan says his party has no knowledge of the Kasaragod murders and those behind the crime will not be spared.

Addressing the media in connection with the Kerala Samrakshana Yatra, LDF’s pre-election campaign, which reached here on Tuesday, he said that CPI(M) did not approve of political killings and at present the priority was to bring the killers before the law.

Condemning the murders, he said the party had instructed its workers not to react to provocations and all precautions had been taken to ensure such incidents were not repeated.

“In yesterday’s hartal more than 25 houses of CPI(M) activists in Periya were attacked. We have lost over 700 comrades in political killings over the years and the party wants this to end. We had made our stand clear in this regard at the party State conference held in Thrissur.


“If party workers are involved in the incident it’s blatant violation of the party decision. The party will not tolerate this and if found guilty they will be ousted from the CPI(M). The party will not protect the perpetrators of political killings and they cannot expect any mercy from us,” he said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should call an all-party meeting to address the issue, he added. Answering a query on the party harbouring criminals, he said Kodi Suni had no ties with the party and the person in question was not even a member.

Criminal nexus

While talking about Kunjananthan, he said the senior leader was wrongly accused in the T.P Chandrasekharan murder case when the UDF was in power. “Trapping leaders and fabricating cases against them is not a good practice,” he said. Mr. Balakrishnan alleged that the Congress had unleashed violence during the hartal on Monday.

“KPCC working president, K Sudhakaran’s statement that there will be retaliation has triggered violence at many places. KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran should make clear if it’s the stand of the party,” he said. The LDF government had amended the PDPP (Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act) Act to bring down untoward incidents during such situations since party offices, shops and houses come under its purview, he added.

Church issue

Rubbishing reports that the LDF was all set to introduce a legislation to control the Church in Kerala, he said the government had made no move in that direction.

“There is no need for any anxiety as the government will not introduce any legislation without consulting the Church,” he said.

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