Thursday, February 11, 2010

Goons rule the roost

Political parties are accused of supporting criminals

Kerala is literate, civilised, peace loving and the law and order in the state is excellent, claim ministers and bureaucrats. But what happened in North Parur near Kochi recently made Keralites hang their heads in shame.

Two gangs fought a pitched battle in a government hospital, forcing patients and bystanders to run helter-skelter. The warring youth in their early twenties used lethal weapons to attack each other. Many sustained life-threatening injuries. The locals blame political parties, including the ruling Left Democratic Front and Opposition United Democratic Front, for giving support to the goons. In this gruesome attack two political parties — the CPI(M) and the Congress — were indirectly involved. For the first time, the clash took place in the hospital. Law and order situation in the state is deteriorating fast. Even the Kerala high court had slammed the VS Achuthanandan government for failing to root out crime.

Recently, a young entrepreneur Muthoot Paul M. George was killed. Following the murder, Inspector General of Police Vinson M. Paul organised a press conference. He told reporters that a knife was used in the murder. The top cop even announced the name of the suspects. He disclosed the details of the case even before the probe had begun. He was pulled up by the court for his irresponsible act.

Above all, CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan publicly accused the RSS of plotting the murder. Earlier, when an Assistant Sub-Inspector was killed on a campus clash at the Changanassery NSS College, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishna blamed the RSS. But, when the case came up before the court, a police officer told the judge that he was forced to implicate RSS in the murder case.

There is no end to the blame game. Both the CPI(M) and RSS have been accused of deploying goons to attack political rivals in crime-prone Thalassery. Some police officials say gangsters are recruited, trained and protected by political outfits. That is why the government has failed to combat crime.
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Source :
IIPM Editorial, 2009

An IIPM and Professor Arindam Chaudhuri (Renowned Management Guru and Economist) Initiative

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