A shocking incident illustrating how CPM illegally occupies land of private citizens has come to light in Kollam, Kerala. It is well known that Communists claim to work in favor of peasants and workers. The reality is much less rosy as evidenced by the case in question.
The present case is from Munroe Island in Kollam district of Kerala. One Mr. K M Sharief bought 1.33 acres of land in the year 2000, in the name of his wife Rukhiya Beevi. The land also had a functioning brick kiln at that time. Rukhiya says that the sale agreement was finalized after the previous owner had assured them that all liabilities of the kiln had been settled.
Mr. Sharief used to supply bricks in bulk from the kiln to local builders. Financial issues forced the factory (brick kiln) to shut down its operations fully in 2001. Meanwhile Mr. Sharief himself committed suicide in 2011 after falling into financial troubles. Last year Rukhiya felt the need for some money after marrying off her daughter. Thus she decided to sell the land in question. She decided to divide the land into smaller plots and was able to sell one plot.
That is when the trouble started. Local CPM leaders and a few middlemen entered the scene and planted their party flags on the property and set up a small structure there. Rukhiya says that the squatters are defying a court order specifically banning such occupants.
It is alleged that the CPM leaders demanded 5 Lakh Rupees. They said this was the compensation for the former employees of the brick kiln. Please note that the kiln had been closed about 18-19 years ago. Rukhiya in turn demanded documents to prove their claim which they were not able to furnish following which the lady approached the police.
The CPM meanwhile has come out with a strange explanation. They say that the previous owner had assured them of adequate compensation to workers, if and when the land gets sold in future. They added that Rukhiya had promised them the same when she originally planned to sell the land and asked for two weeks’ time to make good the payment. It was only when she started selling the land without informing them that they planted the party flags at the site.
Few people outside Kerala realize the power of CPM. It allegedly controls all the economic activities in the state, using its muscle power and demands illegal payments for even small construction work. No wonder the state is bereft of any big industries. In Kerala, once the CPM illegally occupies land and plants their flag, the land or business is as good as dead.
In the present case, Kollam Rural SP, Hari Sankar IPS informed that a case of trespassing has been registered against Pattam Thuruthu natives Suresh Babu, Babuji, Balachandran, K Madhu and against five unknown persons. Rukhiya has also approached the Chief Minister and the CPM state secretary for justice. The leadership of CPM, including CM, is however busy dealing with Swapna Suresh gold smuggling scandal and may not have time to deal with small issues of citizens.
The media, which is supposed to be the conscience keeper of the nation, is also displaying a deafening silence. In some BJP ruled state, the same incident would have raised questions on the safety of life and property of Muslims.
In Kerala, such lofty ideals are evidently sacrificed on the alter of communist ideals.
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