“Kozhikode train arson reveals Kerala’s deep rooted radical Islamist network”, thcommunemag, April 19, 2023:
“On April 17th, K. Surendran, the BJP State president, criticized the LDF government’s handling of terrorist activities, blaming their “soft” approach for the train arson incident at Elathur. He demanded that the Home department controlled by the Chief Minister provide a clear answer as to who aided the accused in committing the crime.
Surendran further alleged that the police failed to take sufficient action against those who helped the accused and accused the government of compromising with radical elements in the state for the sake of votes. He demanded an investigation into whether the police’s failure allowed the accused to escape and for the case to be given to the NIA for further investigation.
Recently, following the police’s confirmation of a terror angle, the Kochi unit of the NIA took over the investigation into the Kozhikode train arson case. The incident took place on April 2, 2023, when a man set fire to coach number D1 of the Alappuzha-Kannur Express near Elathur railway station in Kozhikode district. There was a visible delay in the whole procedure by the ruling government. The slow response of the state government and its police department in dealing with the issue raises questions about state government’s commitment to national security. Despite the grave nature of the situation, the ruling communist government downplayed the incident initially raising eyebrows regarding the ruling dispensation’s intent….”
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