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Kodiyeri admits to LeT recruitment in Kerala

Kodiyeri admits to LeT recruitment in Kerala

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 8, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/168130/Kodiyeri-admits-to-LeT-recruitment-in-Kerala.html

Kerala Home Minister and CPI(M) Politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Tuesday admitted that there were evidences of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba recruiting people from Kerala. However, he said there was no proof of any organisation in Kerala associating with LeT in the recruitment process though there was information that certain people had been working for that outfit.

Talking to newspersons at the Press Club here on Tuesday, Kodiyeri said that the Government did not get any evidences to suggest that Islamist organisation NDF (presently Popular Front of India) was a recruiting agency working in Kerala for terror outfits. He also said the police had no information on whether the NDF was engaged in any terrorist activities in the State.

The Home Minister said that there were cases against several NDF activists on charges including murder and attempt to murder but the police had got no information about its being a terror recruiter. The special wing concerned with terror case investigations was keeping a close watch on the activities of the Popular Front, he said.

Kodiyeri said this while responding to questions regarding CPI (M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan's statement that NDF was a recruiting agent for extremist organisations. Kodiyeri said Pinarayi must have said this on the basis of "political information". Political parties might be getting such information and there was nothing wrong in making such statements, but as far as the Government was concerned, there was no proof to agree with Pinarayi's allegation.

At the same time, Kodiyeri termed wrong the allegation made by PDP chairman Abdul Nasser Madani that the statement of the accused against Sufiya Madani in the bus-burning case was not natural but the police had forced him to say so by torturing him. Majeed Parampayi, fifth accused in the case of burning a Tamil Nadu bus at Kalamassery in 2005, had told the police that Madani's wife Sufiya had planned and funded the operation.

The NDF had the other day declared electoral support for the Congress-led UDF in 18 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala for the 15th Lok Sabha poll, irking the CPI (M) State secretary who since then had been raising allegations against that organisation while justifying his own party's electoral agreement with the PDP of Abdul Nasser Madani, who was alleged to have connections with LeT and other terror outfits.

The Popular Front and PDP had come under the scanner of the special Anti-Terror Squad of the Kerala Police after four Malayalee militants were killed in Kashmir by security forces in October last. Immediately after this, a former NDF activist Abdul Jaleel was arrested in Kannur after it was established that he had been in contact with these militants over telephone.

This arrest had led to several other arrests and the revelation of deeply entrenched LeT and Indian Mujahiddeen network in Kerala. The NDF admitted that Jaleel had once been a member of the outfit but had no connections with it for a long time now. However, several of those arrested after that had deposed to the ATS personnel that they had connections with Madani.

However, the Home Minister had held that there was no reason to launch a probe against Madani as the allegations against him were old though Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan made clear that the investigations against Madani would go on.

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