KOZHIKODE: CPM Kozhikode district secretary P Mohanan has stoked a fresh controversy by saying that Islamic extremist organisations are supporting Maoists in Kerala.
The remarks came against the backdrop of the arrest of two CPM workers under the UAPA for alleged Maoist links.
Mohanan told a public meeting in Thamarassery on Monday evening that Kozhikode-based extremist outfits are providing support to Maoists and asked police to probe the matter. “That is why this new controversy and presence has come to Kozhikode. Who is providing them the needed water and manure? It is the Kozhikode-based Islamic extremist outfits who are the source of strength of Maoists. They are encouraging Maoists and taking them along,” he said.
The CPM leader said more than just bonhomie, the Islamic extremist outfits and Maoists are actually closely connected. “That is the reason why NDF and some Islamic fundamental organisations are showing such zeal to support Maoists,” he alleged.
The statement drew quick condemnation from several political parties. Even the CPI, the second-largest constituent of LDF, sought to distance itself from the remarks, with party state secretary Kanam Rajendran saying he doesn’t have any such information. “I don’t have much regard for those who blindly believe police reports,” he told reporters.

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