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Yet another widow 'faces' CPM threat

Yet another widow 'faces' CPM threat

Publication: The New Indian Express
Date: July 17, 2005
URL: http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20050717013001&Topic=0&Title=Kerala&Page=R

Is she a new Vineetha Kottayi in the making? A 68-year-old retired teacher appeared before mediapersons here on Saturday alleging constant threat to her life from CPM workers of Narikkuni local committee.

A widow living alone in her home at Panikottur in Narikkuni near here, P Devakiyamma alleged that the members of CPM and DYFI have been trying to endanger her life and destroy her property for the last several months.

She alleged that on the midnight of July 8, a group of assailants smashed the 50-metre-long compound wall of her house and destroyed crops and trees inside the compound.

She alleged that she is being targeted because she has supported the workers of a Dalit organisation whose bid to expose the alleged involvement of CPM in the death of a Dalit youth in Narikkuni had infuriated the members of the local committee of the party.

The youth, a DYFI activist, was killed during the rule of the previous LDF Government. Devakiyamma said that she had financially helped the members of the Dalit organisation to organise a poster campaign and its other initiatives to ensure justice to the deceased, as the members of the organisation were personally known to her.

"They continue to intimidate me saying that I will face the same fate of Vineetha Kottayi," she alleged.

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