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Achutha sees 'foreign hand' in extremist incidents

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 28 (UNI) Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today said reports indicated that recent incidents of extremism in the state had the support of 'foreign hands'.

There were also reports indicating 'foreign funding and help' in some of the recent extremist incidents in the state, he told reporters here after a Cabinet meeting.

''This would not be tolerated and would be dealt with very strongly,'' he said.

''The influence of foreign fund was also indicated by the Commission that probed the Marad violence of 2003,'' he added in reference to the support of foreign bodies in the recent extremist incidents in the state.

He said the CBI would be asked to probe into the foreign funding in the Marad violence.

The Chief Minister said an ordinance would be brought in against the Supreme Court order making speed governors mandatory for all heavy vehicles in the state.

He also said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's programme at Chavara in Kollam was cancelled. Dr Singh was to lay the foundation stone of the titanium sponge plant at the Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited (KMML).

On the e-mail threat to the Prime Minister, Mr Achuthanandan said central agencies and the state police were keeping a strict vigil and it was being probed by a special squad under the DGP.

He said 15 ordinances, including the Kerala Road Safety Authority ordinance and the University Laws (Amendment) ordinance, would be promulgated.

The Cabinet also decided to reconstitute the jail review committee under the Chairmanship of Mr T V Ramakrishnan.

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