A petrol bomb was hurled at the office of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)) in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, news agency ANI reported. The culprits are hitherto unidentified. The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning. There were no casualties. However, a car which was parked outside the premises was damaged partially.
Blaming the incident on “Hindutva” activists, CPI (M) said it was a “continuation” of the recent spate of attacks on party general secretary Sitaram Yechury in New Delhi.
CPI (M) Kerala secretary G Ramakrishnan condemned the attack. He said when the communal tensions were flaring in Coimbatore, the party made efforts to ensure peace and harmony. “It is worrying that elements trying to disrupt communal harmony and unity in Coimbatore are on the rise of late,” he said.