The clashes between the CPI(M) and the BJP in Kannur escalated on Sunday after country-made bombs were reportedly hurled at BJP district President K Renjith's house at Palliyanmoola. There were no reports of any person getting injured.
This even after the district collector imposed Section 144 in Azheekode panchayat.
The skirmish stemmed between the two parties after a CPI(M) worker in Kasargod and a BJP worker in Thrissur were murdered on Thiruvonam on August 28. Since then, the parties have been allegedly attacking each other.
Nine places in Kannur have witnessed bombing since Friday and 15 cases have been registered in the last two days in the town. Two CPI(M) workers and two BJP workers have been arrested in Thrissur and Kasaragod respectively.
According to a ManoramaOnline report, the houses of 11 CPI(M) supporters at Azheekode were attacked and two party workers were hospitalized after they were hacked. The CPI(M)'s branch committee offices were also attacked.
The BJP has said that the CPI(M) has been attacking them without any provocation.
Speaking to The News Minute, K Renjith said that his party had been maintaining peace and that they do not want to resort to violence. "We are trying to maintain peace, but our houses are being attacked," he said.
He also alleged that their members were being brutally attacked by CPI(M) workers regularly and that the latter doesn't allow BJP supporters to carry out any kind of activism in Kannur.
Members of CPI(M) Kannur were not available for a comment.
An Asianet report quotes CPI(M) State General Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan as saying, "RSS and Congress are joining hands. The recent attacks can be considered as a result of this coalition."