Kerala: CPM office burnt, functionary attacked, hours after RSS office was bombed

In a fresh round of political clashes in Kerala, two separate incidents of violence were reported against Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPM), hours after an office of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was bombed in Nadapuram, injuring four RSS workers.

According to a report in NDTV, a youth wing functionary of the Left-wing party was attacked along with his friend with sharp weapons on Thursday evening while in another incident just hours later, the CPM office in Nadapuram was broken into and set ablaze.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The incidents, following close on the heels of acts of violence against RSS functionaries and offices, have given rise to the suspicion that the violence could, in fact, be a retaliatory act by the saffron organisation. Besides this, the CPM office burnt on Thursday night was only a short distance away from the RSS office, which was vandalised just hours before this incident.

The police, according to News18, have also said that they suspect an RSS-BJP hand behind both these incidents. The 30-year-old CPM activist, who is now recuperating in a hospital, too has named three BJP functionaries in his FIR.

The incidents are only the latest addition to a series of vicious political crimes against both the parties. The state is notorious for a series of politically motivated murders and attacks on the functionaries of the two parties, not to include the vitriol spewing between both factions.

Most recently, tension escalated after an RSS leader in Madhya Pradesh announced a bounty of Rs One Crore on the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, reportedly to avenge the attacks on the Right-wing organisation. However, efforts to diffuse the tension have reportedly started within the upper echelons of both the parties.

While on one hand, the RSS distanced itself from the motormouth functionary and reports emerged that he was likely to be expelled from the organisation, The News Minute reported that the Kannur district administration of the CPM are holding talks with their BJP counterparts in the state.

"...We have already directed our members to hold talks with the BJP. We do not want to create tension in the district and resorting to violence is not healthy,” CPM's Kannur district secretary Mohanan was quoted as saying in the report.

Updated Date: Mar 03, 2017 12:49 PM

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