Thursday, January 17, 2008

Left extremists foment trouble: Kodiyeri

Thiruvananthapuram: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that Left extremist groups are attempting to create problems in Kerala after having realised that they can no more use the State as a safe haven.

Speaking to journalists here on Thursday, the Minister said the arrest of a top Maoist leader (Malla Raja Reddy in Kochi in December) seemed to have provoked such elements to create problems in Kerala. They seek to foment trouble at some point in the future by attempting to propagate their extremist ideology among certain sections of the population.

There were no Maoist pockets of influence in Kerala. There was no evidence of any Hizbul Mujahideen activity in Kerala. However, certain extremist elements were using human rights organisations as a front for their activities. "We know these people and the masks they use," Mr. Kodiyeri said. They chose such facades because they were afraid to openly identify themselves with their extremist causes. Kerala's progressive society, armed with its strong democratic traditions, would defeat all forms of extremism in its territory, he said.

The HIndu

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