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The raid was conducted in the wake of violence on the hartal day; an RSS worker had hurled bombs at the police station.
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Swords and other weapons were seized from the office of the RSS at Nedumangad in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram.

The weapons and chemicals, which the police allege are used for making country bombs, were seized in a raid conducted on Wednesday evening. "Swords, knifes, daggers, wooden rods and sack of granites were seized from the RSS office. They had also stored a chemical used in country bombs," Nedumangad Sub Inspector Anil Kumar told TNM.

He added that no workers (pracharks) of the RSS were present at the time of the raid at the office. The raid was conducted in the wake of the violence on the day of the hartal called by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi on January 3. The hartal was backed by the BJP, RSS and other right wing organisations. 

RSS worker Praveen who was caught on CCTV camera hurling country bomb at the Nedumangad police station is still on the run. "The raid was conducted on a tipoff that Praveen would come to the RSS office," Anil Kumar said.

The police is yet to nab four RSS workers including Praveen in connection with the violence. The police had arrested two RSS workers for attacking the them and vandalising the police vehicle. Two workers were arrested for unleashing violence on the roads.

Section 144 had been declared in the Nedumangad region owing to the violence.

The police identified Praveen from the visuals captured on CCTV. Praveen, in the visuals, could be seen aiming at the station and throwing multiple bombs he was carrying in a bag. The raid was headed by Nedumangad DySP D Asokan. 

Praveen, hailing from Nooranad in Alappuzha, had gone into hiding after the incident took place.

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