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'LDF govt in Kerala very soft on terrorism and its patrons'

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today accused the CPI(M)-led in of being "very soft on and its patrons" and said he has evidence to show that.

He said this while criticising the led for stating in the Supreme that a controversial Muslim marriage case in the state did not warrant a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe.


"Is it fair and right for the to move the Supreme to say that you don't allow NIA, we are doing our job."

"Is the doing its job?," Prasad asked at a press conference here.

His comments came days after the state informed the Supreme that its police had conducted a "thorough investigation" into the conversion of a Hindu woman to Islam and her subsequent marriage to a Muslim man and did not find material warranting the transfer of probe to the NIA.

The top had on August 16 directed the NIA to probe whether there was a wider pattern of alleged 'love jihad' in the case in which the Hindu woman converted to Islam and later married Shafin Jahan, the Muslim man.

Prasad, who was in to attend the Janaraksha Yatra organised by the state BJP against "jihadi terror and red terror," said that whenever he comes to the state, he hears stories and there is a widely held perception that many young boys and girls have eloped, misguided by radical elements.

He also expressed concern over a protest march of Muslim Ekopana Samithi to High on March 30 this year in protest against a judgement cancelling the marriage conducted by a qazi between a Muslim man and Hindu woman.

"Is it right to organise a dharna against a High judgement? What kind of culture is happening and what action was being taken by this As the Minister of India, I am concerned," he said.

On instances of youths being radicalised after conversion, he asked "Why is it happening? Is it happening in the air or there is certain rationale and fear and apprehension for that.

"That is question the needs to answer. My charge is that the is very soft on and their patrons," he said.

"I have got the evidence to show that," he said and cited an instance in in which the Chief Minister and senior CPI(M) leader allegedly shared the dais with Abdul Nasar Madani, who was arrested in connection with Coimbatore bomb blast, during an election rally in 2009.

"How could the topmost leader of the CPI(M) share a dais with a person who was a principal conspirator in killing of 38 people?" Prasad asked.

The Minister said there has to be some consensus between the Centre and states on the issue of and national security.

Noting that India's fight against and radicalisation is being appreciated the world over, Prasad said.

"Therefore, purely for vote bank politics, if you seek to compromise on the issue of terrorism, that is a serious matter. Only in that larger light I sought to raise this question," he said.

Prasad said there were radical movements, seeking to radicalise younger minds in for extremist purposes.

"I would expect from the that the wide held perception of apprehension must be dispelled by fair investigation," the minister said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 16:13 IST
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