Court verdict on Freedom Parade unfortunate: Popular Front

Sunday, August 14th, 2011
Kozhikkode: Popular Front of India Kerala state committee termed the High Court verdict endorsing government decision to ban Freedom Parade unfortunate. It was last LDF government that banned Freedom Parade which was being held right from 2004 in various cities of Kerala fro political reasons. And now UDF government also has followed the same path.
Popular Front secretariat alleged that it was the communal prejudice and anti Muslim mind set that had gripped state police and bureaucracy had worked behind this decision. There were no law and order problems due to the Freedom Parade so far. So to ban it on the basis of this assumption is totally undemocratic and unconstitutional. Through this ban government has denied its citizens the right to celebrate India’s Independence. During last years Freedom Parades had attracted huge mass across Kerala for its patriotic fervor.
The state secretariat also made it clear that it would go ahead with its legal fight against this indiscrimination and injustice.
The Kerala High Court had refused to intervene in the orders issued by the Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur and Kollam District Collectors denying permission to conduct the Freedom Parade by the Popular Front of India at Thamarassery, Manjeri, Chavakkad and Punalur.
In the petition filed by PFI state secretary P Abdul Hameed, it was stated that the orders banning the parade were issued without affording an opportunity of being heard. The police have reported that the parade, if conducted, would lead to political, communal, and law and order issues in the adjoining cities. It also contented that the ban on the parade was unconstitutional.

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