All-party meeting decides to turn Kannur ‘violent-free’

An all-party meeting in Kannur, convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Tuesday decided to take joint efforts to turn politically-volatile Kannur into a ‘violence-free’ zone. The meeting was convened at the District Collectorate as part of efforts to broker peace in the northern district, where clashes, especially between ruling CPI(M) and BJP, are frequent.

Attended by leaders of major political parties, including CPI, BJP, RSS, Congress and IUML besides ruling CPI(M), the one and half-hour-long meeting also decided to take its spirit and understanding to the grass root level workers of respective parties.

“Everybody (attended the meeting) shared the same sentiments to keep Kannur violence-free. The peace efforts taken under the aegis of the district authorities and the ministers have played a crucial role in reducing the incidents of violence in the district”, Vijayan told.

“Joint efforts should be made to ensure that such efforts fully realises its goal. The incidents of violence can be reduced only if the peace efforts reach the grass root level of respective parties”, he said.

Incidents of amassing armaments by party workers were reported in many parts of the district, but Vijayan said he did not think that it was with the knowledge of party leaderships.

“But, respective party leaderships should give strong signals against such trends to the grass root level workers. Police will intensely continue its efforts to unearth armaments. Public should also come forward to tip information in this regard”, he said.

(Agencies)

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