`Fundamentalism cause for concern for Kerala`

Home Secy GK Pillai has expressed concerns over growth of religious fundamentalism in Kerala.

Thiruvananthapuram: Growth of religious fundamentalism was a cause for concern for Kerala and if it was not bridled it could harm the state`s future, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said Tuesday.

" Religious fundamentalism is a cause for concern. We should
not allowed to grow it. We need to take effective steps to
contain the menace. Otherwise it could pose a serious threat
to Kerala`s future," Pillai said.

He was replying to reporters` after discussions on security
scenario in the state with Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan
and Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan here.

Balakrishnan said the discussions were quite fruitful as
the centre-state co-ordination was vital in tackling cases
of inter-state and international ramifications.

He said the Union Home Secretary had offered co-operation
of central agencies like NIA for the state police in its
investigations in such cases.

Pillai had yesterday reviewed the situation with state
DGP and other senior police officials.

His two-day visit assumed significance in the wake of
several terror-link cases surfacing in Kerala and radical
outfits like Popular Front in Kerala coming under scanner of
intelligence and security agencies.

Popular Front activists were the prime suspects behind the
sensational case of chopping off the hand of college lecturer
P J Joseph for preparing a question paper containing
derogatory references to Prophet Muhammad.


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