Posted by: informer | November 17, 2008

Same network behind Panur, Malegaon, says Karat

Demands firm action by Centre against Hindutva extremist organisations


Says communalism is no different from terrorism

‘BJP, RSS trying to create religious divide’


ALAPPUZHA: Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat has said that the men behind the 125 bombs found at Panur in Kannur district belonged to the same Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) network operating in Maharashtra and other places in the country.

He was inaugurating a massive gathering of fishermen, Matsya Thozhilali Mahasangamam, organised by the Matsya Thozhilali (Fish Workers’) Federation (CITU) here on Saturday.

Mr. Karat said more and more evidence was being unearthed on operations of organised Hindutva extremist organisations from places such as Kanpur, Indore and Jammu and Kashmir. These forces had to be acted upon and isolated.

Stating that the RSS did not represent the Hindu community in the country, just as terrorists claiming to be Muslims did not represent the Muslim community, Mr. Karat demanded that the Union government take firm action against the RSS and the Bajrang Dal similar to that initiated against Muslim extremist outfits.

Communalism cannot be separated from terrorism, he said, asserting that both had to be opposed simultaneously. The people of the country had to unite irrespective of caste and creed for a powerful, integrated and united movement to protect the interests of the common man. Only the CPI(M) and the Left forces were capable of taking such an approach, which was why a third alternative to the existing political dispensations was essential. The alternative would become a powerful force when all sections of the people united under it, he said.

Attempts were on by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS to derail such unification efforts by creating a religious divide among the public and this had to be opposed strongly, he added.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan; CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan; the Ministers T.M. Thomas Isaac, G. Sudhakaran and S. Sarma; C.S. Sujatha and K.S. Manoj, MPs; CITU State president M.M. Lawrence; Matsya Thozhilali Federation president V.V. Shasheendran; municipal chairman P.P. Chitharanjan; and district panchayat president R. Nazar spoke. Mr. Shasheendran later presented a Matsya Thozhilali Rights Document, detailing rights of fishermen and policies that had to be adopted.

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