The slapping of charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against two CPM workers in Kozhikode has embarrassed all.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan sought an explanation from DGP Loknath Behera in the matter. The party was always against the Act, forcing Pinarayi to contact the DGP over phone.
Incidentally, police arrested two CPIM branch committee members Alain Shuhaib and Thaha Faizal from Pantheeramkavu in Kozhikode on charges of distributing pro-Maoist brochures. A number of such brochures were said to have been seized from them on Friday.
This comes closely after two suspected Maoists were killed by Kerala police special commando force Thunderbolt in the Agali forest range. Police claimed that the two, one a law student, could have links with some extreme Left outfits.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran, who had voiced his protest against the killing of four Maoists near Attappadi, blasted the Government over the UAPA charge.
He felt UAPA should not be registered in such cases. The directive was that such a charge could be only under instructions of an official of the rank of Inspector General. This was not done in the Kozhikode case. "Such actions are not good for the LDF Government," he said, adding, "We do not support any law that imprisons a person without due trial."
Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala said charging UAPA was a barbaric act.