Email snooping row in Kerala takes new turn

The controversy over reports reports that the special branch of Kerala police is snooping on e-mails of prominent members of Muslim community in the state has taken a new turn with state BJP unit demanding an investigation by National Investigation Agency (NIA) into it.

BJP also alleged that one sub-inspector of police suspended following the controversy has connection with the extremist groups.

BJP general secretary K Surendran on Saturday said, all aspects of the controversy should be investigated, and only, a central agency like NIA could do it.

A Malayalam daily which is the mouth piece of Jama-at e Islami, Kerala, has recently published a report that state police was snooping on e-mails of nearly 260 prominent Muslims in the state, including representatives of people, political leaders, journalists and social workers.

However, Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy strongly denied the report. He noted that the report was concocted, and currently, the issue is being investigated by an inspector general of Kerala police. One sub-inspector of the hi-tech cell of Keala police has already been suspended following the controversy. Commenting on the stand of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) that the issue is a closed chapter, Surendran said the controversy is affecting IUML and that is why, such a stand.

Explaining his allegation about the suspended sub-inspector, S Biju of hi-tech cell, Surendran said his real name is Salim Biju and he had been a follower of Abdul Nassar Mahdani, an accused in Bangalore and Coimbatore blast cases. Recently, he had been allied with Jama-at-e Islami and its youth wing Solidarity Youth Movement, said Surendran.

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