CPM office attacked in Thiruvananthapuram: Seven BJP workers arrested, police say there is 'no panic situation'

Thiruvananthapuram: Seven BJP workers have been arrested in connection with the alleged attack on CPM district committee office, police said on Monday.

The accused were taken into custody Sunday night and later arrested, police sources said.

Stones were hurled at the CPM district committee office on Sunday night in which some window panes were damaged. The glass case in which the bust of late P Krishna Pillai, founder of Communist movement, was kept, was also damaged in the stone throwing.

A BJP procession had passed through the area just before the incident.

State DGP Loknath Behara on Sunday said strong action has been taken against those responsible for the violence. "We have taken strong action.. Some accused have been taken into custody and some more are to be caught.. There is no panic situation," he told reporters.

 CPM office attacked in Thiruvananthapuram: Seven BJP workers arrested, police say there is no panic situation

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Meanwhile, CPM state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, visited the office on Monday morning. "The RSS and BJP's aim is to turn the state capital into a war zone.... Corporation Mayor was attacked by BJP and RSS. Stringent action should be taken against communal forces and no need to show any leniency towards them," he said.

"Police should take action against RSS and SDPI," he added.

The capital city had witnessed tense moments following the incident. On Sunday, a CPM worker was also attacked by two motorbike bourne SDPI workers.

Meanwhile, BJP has denied that its workers were responsible for hurling stones at the CPM office. BJP District President, S Suresh, claimed that the incident had taken place only after the BJP procession crossed the area. "We are also against such violence," he said.

Stones were also hurled at the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) office on Sunday, he alleged.

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Updated Date: Nov 20, 2017 13:49:57 IST