BJP CPIM clash in Kerala: workers vandalise houses, damage vehicles

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New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 9:47:10 AM

Some violent incidents have been reported between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers last night in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), bjp cpm kerala, bjp cpm violence, cpm bjp political killings, political killings keralaThis is not the first time such an incident has been reported. (Representational Image/PTI)

BJP CPM clash in Kerala: Some violent incidents have been reported between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers last night in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. BJP’s state committee office was vandalised and houses of CPI(M) state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and several BJP & CPI(M) councillors were attacked, according to ANI. The BJP State Committee Office was attacked early in the morning. A CCTV footage showed a Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) State Committee member, IP Binu, and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) State Secretary Prajin in the premises at the time of the break-in. The police said that some men pelted stones on the vehicles parked around the office, PTI reported. Six cars including that of BJP’s state president Kummanom Rajasekharan were damaged. He was inside the building during the incident.

This is not the first time such an incident has been reported. In January this year, three BJP workers were hacked to death. In May, after the assembly election results came out, a worker each from both parties was found dead, the Indian Express had reported earlier. BJP president Amit Shah had then tweeted, “…We are concerned about the safety of our karyakartas and assure them our full support in their fight against an undemocratic Left regime. I have ordered constitution of a central committee which will visit and investigate this violence.” CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat had countered by saying that BJP workers had attacked his party workers and were playing the victim card.

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad in a press conference had said, “CPI(M) needs to recognise one thing very clearly: the BJP is ruling over the country and is ruling in 14 states… The BJP has very powerful electoral support in Kerala and we view this reckless attack on our cadre very, very seriously…We will expect the new government and the party to give a serious thought to it. Otherwise, we will fight on the street, in Parliament and the entire country,” according to the report. Last year, Kannur experienced a slew of political killings among the CPI(M) and RSS. About six such murders took place in 2016 apart from looting and ransacking of homes, according to IE.

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