A BJP worker, his wife and brother suffered grievous burns after a few miscreants set fire to their house on Wednesday at Kanjikode in Palakkad.
Former panchayat member Kannan, his wife Vimala and brother Radhakrishnan have been admitted to the Jubilee Mission Medical College in Thrissur for treatment.
The condition of Kannan and Vimala continue to remain critical, with both sustaining over 70% and 80% burns respectively.
A group of people set fire to three bikes kept in a shed near the kitchen in the wee hours on Wednesday morning. The fire later spread to the gas cylinder kept in the kitchen, resulting in an explosion in which both the shed and the entire house were completely burnt down.
The BJP has accused the CPI(M) of carrying out the brutal attack. ‚ÄúTheir intention was to kill. Many cows were housed in the shed. It was Radhakrishnan who untied and led them to safety,‚ÄĚ alleges Shanmugan, -BJP leader and Kanjikode Block president- while speaking to The News Minute.
Advocate E Krishnadas -BJP Palakkad district president- says that Kannan was a prominent local leader and that the CPI(M) had sought to carry out a deliberate murder attempt:
‚ÄúThe condition of both Kannan and his wife is very critical. Both arms of Vimala could get paralysed, while Kannan has burns all over his body. He was subject to several threats even earlier also.‚ÄĚ
The past week saw a few clashes between the two political rivals at Kanjikode, and the police believe this to be a continuation of the same.