Just a day after the UDF’s near clean sweep in the Kerala Lok Sabha Elections, the house of former Palakkad MP MB Rajesh was attacked on Friday. A group of people allegedly belonging to the Congress threw explosives at his house in Shornur in Palakkad district. According to reports, MB Rajesh was not in the house when the attack happened on Friday. The CPI(M) has alleged that the Congress workers were involved in the attack.
MB Rajesh was the LDF’s candidate from the Palakkad Lok Sabha constituency. Rajesh, who was a two-time MP, lost to UDF’s VK Sreekandan.
“A group of people who have been identified as workers of Congress party threw explosive substances at the house. No one has been harmed in the attack,” an official of Shornur police station told TNM.
The police has registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147(Rioting), 153(Provocation with intent to cause riot), 286 (Negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance), 506 (Criminal intimidation), 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object). An FIR has also been registered under Section 9B (1) (b) (Possessing, using, selling or transporting explosive) of Explosives Act, 1884.
According to the police, family members of MB Rajesh who were present at the house during the attack have also identified the persons. But the police is yet to make arrests in the incident.
UDF’s VK Sreekandan had won in the polls with a margin of over 11,000 votes defeating MB Rajesh who was the sitting MP of the constituency. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Rajesh had defeated UDF candidate by a margin of over 1 lakh votes.