Islamic extremists supporting Maoists in Kerala: CPM leader P Mohanan
Thiruvananthapuram: The sudden surge in the extreme Maoist movement in Kerala is due to the funding provided by Islamic fundamentalists, according to the CPM.
Though the claim was initially made by Kozhikode district secretary of the CPM P Mohanan at a party function in Thamarassery in north Kerala, he got support today from senior party leaders like EP Jayaraj.
“We have information that some Muslim extremist outfits are supporting Maoists in north Kerala. There is a new-found bonhomie between them. Some Kozhikode-based extremist organizations are behind this. We need police to probe this,” said Mohanan at the function.
Today he reiterated his charge. But after Muslim political outfits flayed the remark and asked Mohanan to name the fundamentalist organization, he pointed to the Progressive Front of India (PFI) and National Democratic Front (NDF) – two Muslim outfits known for their extreme Islamist views.
While stating that Kerala has been witnessing an unprecedented rise in the incidents of violence, the CPM leader said: “Muslim extremist outfits are providing water and manure to Maoists.”
Mohanan’s controversial comment came following the gunning down of four Maoists in an encounter with the police last month and the arrests of two student CPM activists — Taha Fazal and Alan Shuhaib — under the tough anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for their alleged Maoist links.
Mohanan made it amply clear that it is not his personal view but that of the CPM at the highest level.
Though the CPM named the two Muslim outfits allegedly supporting the Maoists, other Muslim groups are upset. “Let the party first examine its cadres before blaming others,” said Muslim League leader P P Ummer Koya.
The BJP appeared happy and said that what Mohanan said was the truth. Senior party leader Kummanom Rajasekharan said Muslim fundamental organizations were supporting the Maoists in order to trigger violence and unrest in the state.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala urged the government to clarify the alleged presence of Islamic terrorism in the state.