Kozhikode | The Kerala Government today decided to pay Rs 2.5 million compensation to the next of kin a pro-CPI (M) Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) activist killed at Thuneri in the district about two weeks ago. This was decided at an all party meeting presided over by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at Vatakara near here.
Those who lost their dwelling units in the violence that ensued the murder would also be provided adequate compensation after ascertaining the actual loss, Mr Chandy said.
The meet also decided to set up a committee headed by District Collector C A Latha to undertake rehabilitation measures at Thuneri which witnessed widespread violence.
Mr Chandy informed that leading businessmen M A Yousaffali and C K Menon had promised to contribute Rs one crore each for undertaking rehabilitation measures in the locality.
Stating certain elements were attempting to make anarchy deliberately, he said stern action would be taken against those indulging in violence in the area.
The meeting was attended by representatives of all political parties, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, IT and Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty, Agriculture Minister K P Mohanan, Panchayat and Social Welfare Minister M K Muneer. Representatives of the BJP, however, stayed away from the meet.
A ministerial delegation which was scheduled to visit the riot-hit area and the house of the deceased, had cancelled it in view of tense situation prevailing in the area following a hartal called by the BJP in protest against arrest of one of its activists in connection with arson.
According to reports, 73 houses were destroyed and records set on fire in the retaliatory attacks. The CPI (M) had accused Indian Union Muslim League, a partner in the Congress-led United Democratic Front Government, of being responsible for the killing. However, the IUML district committee had denied the charge.
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