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Friday, August 5, 2011

Factional feud in Kerala CPM turns ‘hi-tech’!

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Anil S, Express News Service / Last Updated : 05 Aug 2011 12:18:29 PM IST.

KOCHI: The Gopi Kottamurickal incident has once again brought forth the technical dimension to the factional feud within the CPM. And going by the trend, the technical evidence in the incident could be a double-edged sword and would eventually backfire to those who raised the allegations.

The incidents which led to the removal of Gopi Kottamurickal as CPM Ernakulam district secretary had a tinge of technology behind it. Days after Gopi was suspended, it has come to light that the 'evidence' against him was presented as a pen drive containing some visuals captured from the party office, the Lenin Centre, by a hidden camera.

"Till recently CPM had tried to keep itself away from technological advances. Earlier also there were incidents where technology intervened in party action against leaders. Technical evidence are being used more often these days for taking action against CPM leaders," pointed out Ashokan S, an IT expert.

In one of the first incidents where technology played a major role, the party officials traced the typewriter used by the 'Save CPM Forum' and eventually expelled those who played the rebel. Later K M Shajahan was expelled from the party alleging that he engaged in tracking phone calls of M A Baby, against whom the allegations were made for leaking party news. Another victim was N N Krishnadas, who came up with allegations against A K  Balan.

In turn Krishnadas was accused of phone tapping and was demoted. Kottamurickal, against whom allegations of immoral activities were made by a district committee member, was removed from the position on Monday pending enquiry.

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