CPM office attacked, BJP men held


CPM office attacked, BJP men held

Both the CPM and BJP took out marches in the city in protest against the melee in the council meeting, which left CPM leader and Mayor V K Prasath and few councillors injured.

On Sunday night, as a BJP procession from Valiyasala to Mettukada passed by the CPI (M)'s District Committee office, a group of RSS workers pelted stones at the office. In Karikkakom in the city, two activists of the CPM-affiliated Democratic Youth Federation of India were injured in an armed attack. DYFI activists Rahul (18), Soorya (19), Manu (21), Akhil (21), Suryajith (18) and Anandu (20) were arrested by Fort Police, on charges of trying to destroy the party flag posts in Manacaud. Alleged RSS workers who came from outside attacked the Mayor and four councillors in the midst of a ruckus created by BJP councillors during a discussion on the installation of high-mast lights in the state capital on Saturday. "The probe to arrest other accused is in progress", said city police commissioner P Prakash.

CPM office attacked, BJP men held
CPM office attacked, BJP men held

The workers said they would not let the police arrest the councilors until senior leaders have spoken with the police chief. On Sunday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the incident after visiting the mayor. DYFI workers assaultedIn another incident, four DYFI workers were allegedly assaulted by the BJP and the RSS workers near Pettah. The BJP district leadership dismissed the allegations and said the mayor had injured himself after a fall during the commotion. CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and minister Kadakampally Surendran expressed their disappointment with the delay in arrest of accused in CPM DC office attack case.