Saturday, December 12, 2009

Opposition in Kerala trying to spark controversy: Kerala Home minister

PTI - 11 December 2009

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that Congress led UDF Opposition in Kerala was trying to create controversy over the arrest of terror suspects T Nazir and Safaz.

Earlier also UDF had tried to 'save' persons involved in militant activities and divert people's attention from the real issue, Balakrishnan alleged in a statement here.

Eight cases in which Nazir was involved were pending in Kerala and out of this, four incidents connected with the case happened during UDF rule during 2001-2006. Three incidents occurred in LDF rule and another one was the conspiracy to kill former chief minister late E K Nayanar in 1999, he said.

Investigation into Nayanar's case was completed during the LDF rule, but UDF that came to power later failed to follow up the case, Balakrishnan charged.

UDF government even did not file charge sheet during its five year rule. It was the LDF government that came to power who filed charge sheet on September 23, 2006.

UDF campaigned that it was a concocted case and also took steps to withdrew the case, Balakrishnan said. It was due to freezing of the case against Nazir and Shafaz during UDF rule, they were able to carry out their activities, he alleged.

Balakrishnan wanted Opposition to desist from creating row over cases connected with terrorism and co-operate with the government in dealing with militants.

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