CPI(M) behind attack on party office: BJP

Our Bureaus Thiruvananthapuram/ New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on September 07, 2016

The BJP on Wednesday accused the CPI(M)-led government in Kerala of abetting a bomb attack on State President Kummanam Rajasekharan on Wednesday night, and claimed that the ruling party’s “aggression and violence” against BJP-RSS cadre has the active backing of the State Government.

The CPI(M) has rejected the charge with the party’s Thiruvananthapuram district president Anavoor Nagappan asserting that the party had nothing to do with the incident. He said the CPI(M) is as keen as anyone concerned to see the culprits brought to book. A police version said crackers, and not a crude bomb, were used in the midnight hour attack on the BJP office in the State Capital.

In Delhi, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman demanded an impartial probe into the attacks on RSS activists as these have steadily risen since the Left alliance came to power in May this year. She told a press conference that CPI(M) workers were running the police stations in the State, and that no case was registered and action taken on the complaints of BJP and RSS workers, even as they were being booked in false cases. “One thing that has steadily increased since the CPI(M) came to power is political violence, which is reflective of what has always happened under its governments in the State,” Sitharaman said. “We suspect this attack was an attack on our State President,” she said.

The incident occurred on Wednesday night, shortly after Rajasekharan had left the office for Kozhikode, where preparations were on for the party’s three-day National Council meeting from September 23. Local party sources said that Kummanam Rajasekharan was present in the office until an hour before the attack took place.

CCTV footage captured from a camera mounted on a nearby building showed a motorcycle-borne person with face covered throwing something into the BJP office complex.

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Published on September 07, 2016
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