Country bombs were hurled and stones pelted at a CPI(M) procession at Kaivelikkal near Panur in Kannur district of Kerala on Sunday evening, as a result of which five CPI(M) members and five policemen were severely injured.
The CPI(M) has alleged that BJP-RSS workers, who are conducting the Jan Raksha Yatra across the state, are behind the attack. All the injured were admitted to a district hospital in Thalassery and are out of danger.
The party workers were injured in their neck, hands and legs due to the bombs. After the bomb attack, stones were also pelted at the procession and the police men were injured.
The incident has happened close to the heels of BJP’s Jan Raksha Yatra, in which senior national leaders of the BJP participated, against the violent politics in Kannur. Tension has prevailed in Kannur ever since Jan Raksha Yatra completed it’s Kannur session on October 5.
The CPI (M) procession in Kaivelikkal was against destroying their flexes erected during local committee meeting on the previous day. Following the attack, the party had called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Panoor.
BJP leaders at the Jan Raksha Yatra had alleged that CPI (M) has been unleashing violence in Kerala. But at Kannur, the CPI (M) placed the photographs of their ‘martyrs’ allegedly killed by RSS/BJP to counter BJP’s allegations.
BJP Kannur district president P Sathyaprakash told The News Minute that CPI (M) has been intentionally creating violence to grab attention. “BJP is no way accountable for the country bomb attack that happened in Kaivelikkal. They have been unleashing attacks against BJP workers and their houses ever since the yatra was started. Now they did this to shift the attention,” he said.
Earlier this month, country bombs were hurled at CPI (M) men at Koothuparamba in Kannur which had caused severe tension in the district.