Kerala's terror link: Oppn stages walk-out in assembly

Updated on Jul 24, 2009 03:35 PM IST

Accusing the LDF Government in Kerala of adopting a "soft approach" towards terrorism, Congress-led UDF staged a walk out in the Assembly on Friday, even as the government said it is taking effective steps against the militant outfits having link with the state.

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PTI | By, Thiruvananthapuram

Accusing the LDF government in Kerala of adopting a "soft approach" towards terrorism, Congress-led UDF staged a walk out in the Assembly on Friday, even as the government said it is taking effective steps against the militant outfits having link with the state.

As Congress' K Babu sought to move an adjournment motion, Law Minister M Vijayakumar objected to the Opposition's claim that the state has become a haven for terrorists.

The uproar in the house followed the recent arrests of persons with terror links, including Abdul Haleem.

Haleem, arrested on Wednesday in connection with bomb blasts in Kerala, is suspected of having links with terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir and Hyderabad.

Amid a heated debate, the ruling and opposition members accused each other of trying to make a political capital out of the issue.

Seeking to embarrass the Left front, opposition members raked up the issue of an understanding between the LDF and PDP led by Adbul Nasser Madani in Lok Sabha polls and alleged that those arrested for terror links had connections with Madani.

Babu said during the interrogation of Haleem, he had revealed Madani's connection with the Coimbatore bomb blasts in 1998, in which over 50 people were killed hours before BJP leader LK Advani was to address a public meeting. However, the police had so far not disclosed this, he said.

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