CPI(M) expels student activists held for Maoist links

The CPI(M) in Kerala announced the expulsion of two party activists who were arrested in November last year under the UAPA for their alleged Maoist links.

Party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told that Alan Suhaib and Taha Fazal, both students, used to "work with the CPI(M) and the Maoists simultaneously."

"They are not CPI(M) members anymore. The party has taken action against them," he said.

However, Jameela, mother of Fazal, told reporters though the news of their expulsion hurt her, she was not ready to disown the party.

"Yes. It hurts when such news comes out. None of the local party leaders have informed us about this. I still believe in the party. Not going to disown the party," Jameela, whose family members are staunch Marxists, said.

Taha Fazal (24) and Alan Suhaib (20)--students of journalism and law respectively and the CPI(M)'s branch committee members, were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on November 2 last year from Kozhikode, leading to widespread criticism in the Left-ruled state.

The case was taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) but Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Home Minister Amit Shah seeking to hand over the probe to the local police saying the investigation was going in the right direction.