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Kerala: `Govt ready for dialogue with any ultra outfit`

The Centre is ready to hold talks with any ultra outfit if they renounce violence, Union Minister of State for Home Mullapally Ramachandran said here on Monday.



Palakkad: The Centre is ready to hold talks with any ultra outfit if they renounce violence, Union Minister of State for Home Mullapally Ramachandran said here
on Monday.

"The Government views terrorism very seriously. But it is ready for dialogues with any ultra outfit if they are ready to shun violence," he told reporters here.

Asked about reports that Military Intelligence was also looking at activities of radical outfit Popular Front in Kerala, Ramachandran said he was not aware of that.

The activities of the Front are now under the scanner as its activists were allegedly behind the attack on a lecturer earlier this month.

The lecturer, TJ Joseph was arrested in April last after the question paper set by him for the B Com II year internal exams sparked protests by Muslim outfits, which claimed it hadhurt their religious sentiments.

He was later suspended from the college. Out on bail, Joseph was attacked by a group of persons on July 4 when he was returning from a church and his right hand was chopped
off. Two activist of Muslim fundamentalist outfit Popular Front had been arrested on July 5 in connection with the attack.

PTI

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