CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Prakash Karat has slammed Kerala’s LDF Government’s move of slapping UAPA on two students suspecting Maoist-links.
He also urged the LDF government to “undo the mistake” of the Kerala police in charging two Kozhikode students under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act alleging Maoist links. “The UAPA is a draconian law, which we have always opposed. CPIM was against the use of the Act in the case of the students. As far as the two students are concerned, the police have wrongly used this act,” Mr. Karat said.
A Kozhikode court earlier rejected the bail plea of the duo. The lawyers of the students may challenge the rejection of the bail plea at the Kerala High Court.
Two law students, Alan Shuhaib and Thaha Fasal from the Kannur University, were taken into custody by Pantheerankavu police from their residences in Kozhikkode for allegedly distributing pro-Maoist brochures in Kozhikode. They have been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) by the Pantheerankavu police station in Kozhikode district. According to the police, the two accused, who hailed from Thalassery, were handing out pro-Maoist pamphlets and shouting pro-Maoist slogans when they were arrested from the Pantheerankavu market. Alan Shuhaib is the local Kozhikode Kallai Thiruvannur branch member of the party while Thaha is the DYFI unit secretary of the Pantheerankavu local branch. Alan apparently lost his membership of the SFI (student wing of the CPI(M)) after moving to Thalassery to pursue a degree in law.
The finding of the police is that Alan worked with banned organizations even when he was still a minor. His school authorities had also informed the police about this but no action was taken against him, considering his age. However he has been under the observation of police and intelligence wing since.
“Alan had been in constant touch with banned organisations. Others found in the photos