People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 11, 2003
gruesome massacre of nine people in Marad, a seacoast village near Kozhikode
city, highlights the pitfalls of the soft approach towards the communal and
casteist forces adopted by the Antony government in Kerala. The serious failures
of the state government in noticing and preventing this incident, despite
warnings from intelligence agencies, flowed from a situation where these forces
are dictating terms to a weak state government, charged the CPI(M) state
secretary Pinarayi Vijayan after visiting the victims.
experienced a sudden stampede of an organised mayhem by a well armed Muslim
fundamentalist and terrorist group on the evening of May 2, which left nine
persons dead and dozens wounded and a number of houses attacked and heavily
damaged. The Police had since unearthed a good stock of country made weapons and
petrol bombs from the village. The swords unearthed were soaked in blood.
delegation of CPI(M) leaders toured the village on May 3 and 4 and met the
victims of this heinous carnage. Speaking to pressmen after the visit Pinarayi
Vijayan said that the planned mass
murder was by a terrorist outfit generally known as National Development Front.
He blamed such heinous mass murders as the result of the soft approach of the
state government towards the communal forces. The Muslim League, which is part
of the government, is also not effectively working to isolate the terrorist
groups, charged Pinarayi.
ineffectiveness of the state home department, particularly the complete failure
of its intelligence wing, has become apparent with this incident. The LDF has
raised certain key questions regarding this and demanded that a judicial inquiry
be instituted, which the state government conceded.
LDF convenor Paloli Muhammedkutty demanded in Thiruvananthapuram on May 6 that
the government should immediately pay compensation to the affected families.
LDF is convinced that the mass murders have been the handiwork of a terrorist
group owing allegiance to the fundamentalist National Development Front. There
was a communal riot at Marad village some sixteen months back and the Congress(I)-led
UDF government have not yet completed the investigations and is yet to book
anyone in that case.
were also police pickets in the village which were withdrawn just two days prior
to this latest incident. These actions/inactions of the government had resulted
in a free reign to inhuman and anti-social elements to appear again inflicting
heavy loss of life.
is also learnt that there were intelligence
reports from Tamil Nadu suggesting possible attacks by Muslim terrorists at this
village and these warnings were simply ignored by the government The LDF
expressed the view that the influence of Muslim League being in power had been
the cause for these willful lapses on the part of the government. The Muslim
League also did not try to isolate these terrorist groups.
LDF has decided to hold a mass protest rally at Kozhikode on May 16 and at all
other district centers before May 20.
indecisive UDF government headed by A K Antony has been remaining passive for
the last few weeks tied up with the political crisis that had haunted his party
in the wake of the Rajya Sabha elections.
Antony government which had ruthlessly shot the adivasis who had been fighting
for their existence, always remained idle and complacent and in complicity when
it came to the communal forces.
police is said to have fired into air to disperse the mob engaged in violence.
Many suspect that the distribution of tridents by the VHP to its cadres
here recently could have some connection with the present incident of violence.
Even as the preplanned nature of this massacre is becoming clearer and clearer,
the state is silent, ominously silent.
V R Krishna Iyer has alleged that the government
has committed a graver crime by not heeding to the recommendations
of the people's commission headed by him in the wake of the last
riot at Marad. A government constitutionally committed to uphold
secularism was distributing relief through communal organizations. It is always
dangerous to authorise the communal and religious agencies to decide the
priorities of life in given society.
is being criticised widely for his most ignominious and
abject surrender to the communal forces.