Monday, January 31, 2005

INDIA: Religious fundamentalists are threat in Kerala- RAW Chief

Religious fundamentalists are threat in Kerala: Tharakan

P K Hormese Tharakan, outgoing Kerala DGP said that Kerala did not face any serious threat from extremist forces but there was need for a united fight against religious fundamentalism.

"There had been no political interference in the police department during his tenure. The training for police personnel had been modernised, he said.

Tharakan, a 1968-batch IPS officer, succeeds C D Sahay as the head of the country's external intelligence agency.

Earlier, he had served for 11 years with the RAW and has the experience of handling a variety of assignments ranging from Sri Lanka and Nepal to Rome. He also handled the case of hijacking of the Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar in 1999. He is due to retire in June.

He took over as the Chief of Kerala Police in June 2003 and gave a new face to the police force.

The State Cabinet is likely to name a successor to Tharakan on Wednesday. According to informed sources, Vigilance Director Upendra Verma, Jail Superintendent M G A Raman, Transport Commissioner Raman Sreevastava and Fire Force Chief K Sukumaran Nair were among the front runners for the post. Among them, Upendra Verma is the senior most.