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Thursday, September 1, 2011

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This News Item is published by, dated: Thursday, September 01, 2011 4:47 PM IST.

Express News Service Last Updated: 01 Sep 2011 12:22:46 PM IST.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  A day after The New Indian Express expose on CPM leaders’  discussions with the top US officials in 2008, a series of disclosures involving the who’s who of various other political parties and mediapersons has come to light. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is  also now being haunted by Wikileaks.

According to the cable 88313 dated September 6, 2006, released by Wikileaks, the reported statement made by IUML leader and Panchayat Raj and Social Welfare Minister M K  Muneer during the conversation with the political counsellor of the US Consulate had blamed ‘discredited IUML leaders’  such as treasurer and Industry Minister P K  Kunhalikutty for shielding the NDF for the latter’s own selfish interests. According to Muneer, the NDF had been infiltrating the IUML despite a party decision in 1999 to resist such moves.

As per the highly critical cable, the NDF may not have developed connections with major terror networks such as the Al-Qaeda, had it not been run by former SIMI activists who were capable of carrying  smaller-scale bombings. The cable said that the Judicial Commission which investigated the 2003 massacre of eight Hindus in Marad, exposed the NDF and IUML workers’ involvement in the planning and execution of the crime. More recently, six members of an “NDF hit team” were sentenced to life imprisonment for hacking to death a communist worker who allegedly molested a girl at Nadapuram near Kozhikode in 2001.

The cable describes NDF was one of the fastest growing, most controversial and secretive Muslim organisations in Kerala. The NDF has consistently opposed US mission activities in Kozhikode, assesses the cable.  They had come up against an outreach exhibit programme of the American Library in 2006, a visit by Consulate officials falsely accusing them of planning to ‘hijack’ a cultural centre in 2004 and against a Consulate Public Affairs seminar on  “Islam and Women” held in 2003.
The then Kozhikode Police Commissioner Balram Upadhyay had reportedly told the counsellor that the NDF   “seems to be spending a lot of money,” but maintained that he has no idea of its sources.

With millions of Keralites working in the Middle East and elsewhere, and billions flowing in through official channels and “Hawala,” the Police Commissioner said it was difficult to monitor all external links of those from Kerala.

When asked about former police Commissioner Neena Rawat’s reported deposition before a judicial commission in 2005 that the NDF had sourced funds form Iran and Pakistan, Upadhyay said: “I cannot deny that the NDF had foreign connections and money sources.”


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