CPM workers go on rampage in Kerala, several leaders targeted

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 28, 2017

The BJP's Kerala unit office in Thiruvananthapuram was today vandalised allegedly by ruling CPI-M's youth and student wing activists.

Members of both parties are alleged to have vandalized party offices and homes, and damaged vehicles belonging to opponents.

O Rajagopal, BJP's lone legislator in the state Assembly, said that the visuals showed the role of local CPM councillor IP Binu in the attack. Houses of CPI (M) state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and several BJP & CPI (M) councillors were also attacked last night, according to ANI.

Kodeiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that the BJP resorted to violence to divert public attention from the medical college scam involving BJP leaders.

The clashes between the workers belonging to the two political outfits have erupted regularly in the past years, claiming an nearly equal number of people from both sides. As the political goons wreaked havoc, the police couldn't do much to control the violence, said sources.

The state office of the BJP was stoned and cars in the premises damaged. Kummanam was present in the office when the attack took place around 1.30 am Friday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should explain and order a probe into "conspiracy of police officials in the attack", he said. The CCTV visuals of the incident had clearly identified the attackers as DYFI and SFI leaders, he claimed. His house was attacked.

In an apparent retaliation, unidentified miscreants pelted stones at the city residence of the CPI (M) state secretary.

"This is a planned attack and it was unleashed by the CPM after coming to know that our state president was staying overnight at the office", party general secretary MT Ramesh told the media. "CPI (M) will never support such attacks".

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