Kozhikode: Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) has appointed a commission to enquire into the allegations against Thaha Fasal and Alan Shuhaib who were arrested on charges of Maoist links and charged under UAPA. The appointment was made by Kozhikode South Area Committee, under whose jurisdiction the two have been working as the party's branch committee members.
The formation of the commission was in view of the criticism raised against the two youths and the possible damage such involvement may cause to the party's image.
The commission has been asked to report within 10 days, and will collect evidence from relatives and friends of the two as also from party workers. However, reports indicate that even if the report is not available soon, CPM's district leadership scheduled to meet on Thursday is likely to discuss the topic.
While standing firm against using UAPA, and being with the family in that respect, the party will deliberate on action against the two. Indications are that before long, the party will take steps for suspending them, but not before convincing the party workers from the family and friends of Alan and Thaha.
The party is also of the hope that the action against the two will act as a message to others likely to deviate from the party line.
CPM's top brass of Kerala including finance minister Dr Thomas Isaac, district secretary P Mohanan and CPI leaders including National Control Commission chairman Pannyan Raveendran have visited the house of the two accused, after their being charged with possession of literasture propagating Maoist ideals. The leaders have also pledged support in the fight against UAPA. The party also arranged a lawyer having links with the party to defend their case.
Even as CPM opposes invoking UAPA against the young workers, the party shares the view that the offence charged against them are not entirely baseless. The party leadership has now come to accept more or less that the two have attended forums where Maoist lessons were imparted.
Many in the party also feel that there is substance in the findings of enquiries including the special branch of the police. The same line of thinking is reflected in the social media posts of some related to the party.