NIA investigation of UAPA case justified: Union Minister Muraleedharan
Kozhikode: Union Minister V Muraleedharan on Monday said the admission by the ruling CPM that the two youths booked under UAPA are Maoists was enough reason for the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to take over and probe the case.
While talking to the media at the Karipur international airport here, he wondered why the CPM was opposing a NIA probe in the case against the two youths, who have been branded as 'Maoists'.
The minister of state for External Affairs' statement came a day after CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had said that the youths--Alan Suhaib and Thaha Fazal, both students, used to 'work with the CPM and the Maoists simultaneously and were expelled from the party'.
"They are not CPM members anymore. The party has taken action against them," Kodiyeri had told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.
Fazal (24) and Suhaib (20)--students of journalism and law respectively and CPM's branch committee members, were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act on November 2 last year from Kozhikode, leading to widespread criticism in the Left-ruled state.
The case was taken over by the NIA, but Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, seeking to hand over the probe to the local police, saying the investigation was going in the right direction.