Popular Front of India seeks action against Sangh Parivar

Office-bearers of the Popular Front of India (PFI), Kodagu unit, on Thursday, alleged that members of the RSS were harassing the PFI cadres in Kodagu in the wake of the news reports that Nazir, a terror accused, had stayed at Hosathota near Madapur in the district. Nazir was arrested by the police recently in connection with the bomb blasts in Bangalore last year.

Nazir had stayed at Hosathota near Madapur in Somwarpet taluk of Kodagu in the garb of a ginger cultivator since 2006 till his disappearance last year.

Speaking to presspersons, the president of the Kodagu unit of the PFI, T.H. Aboobaker, denied that the PFI had any link with Nazir or his sympthisers during his stay at Hosathota. Allegations hurled against the PFI by the Sangh Parivar were baseless and far from truth.

Mr. Aboobaker disclosed that Nazir had rented a house next to the place where the RSS activities were being held regularly at Hosathota. Dinesh, a resident of Hosathota, had lodged a complaint at the Madapur outpost on the suspicious movements of Nazir, but the police after making superficial inquiries, did not pursue the case. The police had slackened the case at the behest of a powerful politician, Mr. Aboobaker alleged.

He demanded an inquiry into the events leading to the police slackening the case against Nazir. Madikeri MLA M.P. Appachu Ranjan’s residence was not too far from where Nazir had stayed for over two years and Mr. Ranjan must have had knowledge of Nazir’s presence, if not as a terrorist, Mr. Aboobaker said.

Nazir had taken land belonging to Udaya Kumar for ginger cultivation and the land was located close to the road leading to Mr. Ranjan’s house, he said.

The PFI demanded that the State Government take all steps to investigate the connections of Nazir with the locals at Hosathota and deal with anti-national elements.

The PFI would not tolerate anti-national activities at any cost, Mr. Aboobaker said.

At a protest organised by pro-Hindu organisations here on Wednesday, a person from Suratkal, who was wanted in several murder cases, too had taken part which was a dangerous trend, Mr. Aboobaker alleged.

Sanaulla and Mustafa, PFI members, were present.

– The Hindu

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Rise and Fall of the Coorg State – New book released

Rise and Fall of Coorg State

“Rise and Fall of the Coorg State”, a book on Kodagu district, attempting to throw light on the circumstances leading to the “unpopular” merger of the erstwhile Coorg State with the then Mysore State, now Karnataka, in 1956, has hit the stands.

The book deals with the “neglect” of Kodagu by the governments since its amalgamation with Mysore State, a press statement from P.T. Bopanna, who has compiled and edited the book, said here on Thursday.

Mr. Bopanna, a Bangalore-based journalist, says that the book tries to find answers to some of the questions such as why key players, including the then Prime Minister late Jawaharlal Nehru, took such a “short-sighted” decision resulting in the snuffing out of the independent existence of the Coorg by merging it with Mysore State.

The book discusses the growing demand for autonomy for Kodagu, previously statehood, and also suggests the political roadmap for the future of the district, Mr. Bopanna said.

Among the contributors are writer C.P. Belliappa, son of C.M. Poonacha, who was the Chief Minister of the erstwhile Coorg State.

Political scientist Sandeep Shastri has written a chapter on the feasibility of seeking statehood for Kodagu.

C.M. Ramachandra, former Chief of Bureau, The Hindu, Bangalore, who was the Coorg Correspondent of the newspaper in the 1950s when the crucial decision was taken to merge Kodagu with Karnataka, has written the foreword for the book.

The book, published by Rolling Stone Publications, Bangalore, is priced at Rs. 100.

For a list of books written on Coorg please click here

-The Hindu