IN ANOTHER incident of violence involving the CPM and the Sangh Parivar in Kerala, a crude explosive was hurled at the BJP state committee’s new office in Thiruvananthapuram late Tuesday night. No one was injured in the incident.
There has been attacks on offices of both the BJP and CPM in Thiruvanathapuram in the last one week.
While the BJP blamed the ruling party for Tuesday night’s incident and said that if “forced” its cadres would react in “self-defence”, CPM’s Thiruvananthapuram district secretary, Anavoor Nagappan, called the attack part of the BJP’s attempt to “cover up internal issues”.
City Police commissioner Sparjan Kumar said a cracker seemed to have been thrown at the building. CCTV recordings of a nearby house showed a person approaching the BJP office on a two-wheeler, but the assailant could not be identified from the video, Kumar said.
Blaming the ruling party, BJP state chief Kummanam Rajasekharan said, “The CPM cannot destroy BJP with bombs and knives. Self-restraint (by Sangh cadres) should not be construed as cowardice (and) if little options are left, BJP would be forced to resist CPM attacks.”
CPM district secretary Nagappan said his party was not involved in the attack and called it a conspiracy to blame the CPM.