A crude bomb landed on a CPM procession in Kerala’s Kannur district on Sunday evening, injuring five party workers and two policemen. The CPM Kannur district secretariat alleged that the BJP, which is holding a Jan Raksha Yatra, was responsible for the attack.
A police contingent was immediately sent to the politically sensitive Panoor area, where the attack took place. Kannur district has witnessed a series of political clashes between the BJP and Left in recent months.
Police said the injured were admitted to a hospital in Thalassery and all of them were out of danger.
Tension has prevailed in the region for the past two days. On Friday, the BJP completed its Kannur leg of the Janraksha Yatra, led by party state president Kummanam Rajasekharan.
The CPI(M) on Sunday took out a march at Kaivelikkal village in protest against destroying of campaign material the party had erected in connection with its local committee meeting.
Following the attack, the party called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Panoor and nearby areas.
BJP Kannur district president P Sathyaprakash said CPI(M) had created the violence to divert public support for the Jan Raksha Yatra. “BJP workers and their houses were attacked by CPI (M) in Panoor over the past two days. The CPI(M) activists had destroyed the BJP’s campaign materials worth Rs 2 lakh over the past four days,” he said.