BJP, CPM workers clash in Kerala, six arrested

Palakkad: Six BJP workers were arrested on Tuesday in connection with a series of post poll clashes between CPI(M)-BJP activists at Nellayi in Palakkad on Saturday, police said.

Representational Image. Reuters

Representational Image. Reuters

They said the arrests were made after a raid near Vallapuzha railway gate in Palakkad early on Tuesday morning.

Tension has been prevailing in the region for some time between the party workers after results of the 16 May Assembly results were out.

The clashes had begun last week when a CPM activist was attacked by a group of BJP workers.

A library building was vandalised and several vehicles damaged in the attack, police said, adding a number of minor incidents of clashes had occurred in the region soon after.

The clashes had gained media attention after CPIM leader and Shornur MLA PK Sasi publicly admonished a police official over the recurring political violence in the region, kicking up a storm.

The MLA had alleged that police was extending support to RSS activists and not showing interest in booking the culprits.

The video, showing the MLA warning the police publically, had gone viral and triggered widespread protests, prompting him to tender an apology on Tuesday.

Updated Date: Jun 14, 2016 14:36 PM

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