KOCHI: THE CPM on Friday removed its Kalamassery area secretary V A Zakir Hussain, against whom the newly set up City Task Force had registered a criminal case on a non-bailable offence.
CPM district secretariat member T K Mohanan has been given temporary charge of the area secretary. And it was a meeting of the party district secretariat here chaired by CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan that took the all-important decision. Zakir,though, will continue as a member of the party’s district committee.
CPM district secretary P Rajeev, who announced the district secretariat’s decision to reporters, said there would be no place for Zakir in the CPM if he were found guilty in the ongoing probe.
“The CPM district secretariat took a unanimous decision to remove Zakir Hussain from the post of CPM Kalamassery area secretary till the probe against him is over. The party will not protect anyone. If he is found guilty, there will be no place for him in the CPM,” he affirmed.
The CPM district boss also said the meeting urged the CPM state secretariat to probe the complaint against Zakir However, he hastened to add that the CPM had no links with ‘goonda gangs’ and party would fight the campaign of lies aimed at sullying its image. Zakir has been on the run since last week after he was booked by the Palarivattom Police for allegedly threatening a local businessman.