Tensions between CPI (M) and BJP in Kerala seem to be spreading to districts other than the politically sensitive Kannur, which has been consistently witnessing political violence.
Two days after RSS worker Vineesh was hacked to death in Kannur, a crude bomb was hurled at the BJP state committee office in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday night.
The BJP has alleged the involvement of CPI (M) in the bomb attack.
Calling the attack on his party office as an attack on democracy, BJP party chief Kummanam Rajashekharan said that it was a shocking sign of intolerance.
He added that stringent action should be taken against the “leftist terror”.
The BJP believes that the attack could have been directed at party chief Kummanam Rajashekharan, for he had left the office only an hour before the attack.
According to BJP leader MT Ramesh, the office received several telephone calls during the day asking for Kummanam.
He also claimed that the office staff reported seeing strangers near the office on Tuesday and said, “This attack proves that social harmony in the state has been destroyed, so much so that even a party office is not safe”, Ramesh told Manorama News.
Though window panes at the office building were damaged in the attack, no injuries were reported.
CCTV footage from a nearby house shows an unidentified man on a bike leaving the neighbourhood at 11 50pm.
While speaking to reporters at a press meet in Kozhikode, Kummanam said that if the BJP chooses to retaliate, it can only be seen as a defense mechanism and added that the central government should intervene in the matter.
Earlier, CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan attracted severe criticism over a speech he delivered in Kannur a few months ago.
He had said, “If someone comes to attack us, they should not go back as they came.”
Thiruvananthapuram police Chief Sparjan Kumar told The News Minute that two CCTVs at the BJP office were not functioning at the time of the incident. A case has been registered and investigation is on.
Meanwhile, the BJP carried out protest marches in several districts on Wednesday evening.