February 28, 2011 10:56:32 pm
Five activists of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) were killed and three seriously injured in a bomb blast on Saturday night at Nadapuram,a sensitive region in north Kerala known for political clashes.
Police said the victims were IUML activists and the blast was suspected to have occurred while crude steel bombs were being made in an uninhabited area at Nadapuram,which has been tense due to violence between the CPM and IUML,a Congress ally in Kerala.
Another theory was that bombs might have gone off while being taken out to a safe location. The blast had occurred near the house of a local IUML leader. Several bombs and bomb-making ingredients were recovered in extensive raids in the region on Sunday.
After a lull,Nadapuram,which has a blood-stained history of political clashes,had erupted into violence two days ago with bomb attacks involving the activists of the IUML and CPM. Several houses of political workers belonging to both sides were attacked.
CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the blast was a strong indicator of the UDF strategy to torpedo the coming elections.
Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan echoed him,alleging that the Congress-led UDF Opposition was hatching a conspiracy to create violence during the coming Assembly polls and the death of five IUML activists engaged in making bombs was an indication of that.
Slamming the UDF for the incident,Achuthanandan wanted Opposition leader Oommen Chandy to apologise to the people owning responsibility for the accident.
The CM added that the government would deal sternly with the violence.
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