A day after a blast at a shed in Ayithara in Kannur district, the investigating officers are yet to find a BJP worker who fled the place right after the incident.
On Thursday afternoon, there was a blast at the shed which was used to store firewood. The tiled roof and window glasses of the shed were destroyed in the blast.
When the police investigated the spot, they seized half a kg of gunpowder from a nearby plot. The gunpowder was stored in a plastic tin which was kept under a rock.
Soon after the blast, a 65-year-old local BJP worker, Reghuthaman, fled from the spot.
"Reghuthaman is a mason. We are yet to find out why the gunpowder was stored at the shed, and we haven’t been able to trace him yet,” Kuthuparamba Police Sub Inspector KV Nishith told TNM.
Then gunpowder was seized in an investigation conducted jointly by the dog squad and the police team.
“No one was injured in the blast as no one was in the shed when the incident took place,” Kuthuparamba police said. The primary assumption of the police is that the blast happened during an attempt to make bombs.
The incident occurred just days after the RSS office at Koothuparamba was attacked, allegedly by CPI (M) workers who had hurled two steel bombs at it and even tried to vandalise it.
Sangh Parivar organisations called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Kuthuparamba on Wednesday protesting the attack.
Kannur is the most politically sensitive district in the state and frequent incidents of violence involving the CPI (M) and RSS-BJP workers has become a norm.
Kuthuparamba and Payyanur are among the areas from where most of the cases are being reported.