Cyber surveillance over Muslims: Popular Front holds protest marches across Kerala

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Thiruvananthapuram: Popular Front activists held marches across Kerala to protest against snooping of email accounts of Muslims including former MP and journalists. Hundreds of activists took to the street demanding thorough probe into the incident. Marches were held at all district headquarters and various cities and towns.
Protesters asked the state authorities to make clear that why 258 names out of 268 happened to be of Muslims. Why only Muslims’ e mails were snooped in the name of national security, they also asked.
District and area leaders of Popular Front led the protest marches.
It was on Monday the news surfaced that the Intelligence Department here was snooping into the email accounts of 189 Muslim leaders, including journalists and politicians. The Intelligence Department had asked email providers like Google, Yahoo and Hotmail to provide the logs of these people who belonged to the Muslim community.
“This act by the government is an intrusion of the privacy of individuals and all wish to know what the IUML has to say on this,” asked Achuthanandan.
State IUML general secretary K.P.A. Majeed said the chief minister has already ordered an investigation. “So now let the probe report come out, and then we will react to it,” said Majeed.
The Kerala Union of Working Journalists also condemned the tracking of emails and tapping of telephones of journalists.
Meanwhile, Popular Front protested the police decision to take cases against its activists at Kasarkode for taking out march against email tracking. Kasarkode area committee leaders pointed out that they took out the march with the verbal permission of Sub Inspector as usually done in such cases.

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