The state government has not noticed any attempts to lure female students into terrorist activity from college campuses, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed the Assembly on Monday.
Interestingly, Mr Vijayan’s response to a question in the House came amid recent reports that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] had alerted its executives to alleged attempts by radical elements to recruit professional students for extremist activities.
The issue was raised in the House by Shafi Parambil, AP Anil Kumar, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and Sajeev Joseph of Congress through a star-studded question.
As to whether the “political resolution of a prominent political party” on this issue had been brought to the attention of the state government, the Chief Minister replied in the negative.
He also replied in the negative to a question whether a government investigation had revealed attempts to recruit female students on college campuses for terrorist activities.
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The CPI (M) warning to executives regarding the alleged attempted communal elements was reportedly part of an internal memo released before the branch and regional committee meetings.
To a related question, the Chief Minister, in a written response, said the debate over “narcotic jihad” had created no rifts or conflicts between communities. As such, the current situation did not require the government to convene a meeting of community leaders for conciliatory talks, he said. The state government was taking measures to ensure community harmony and rally all layers of society to the development of the state, he added.