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CPM, BJP workers continue to clash; tension in parts of Ker
Kannur/Kottayam: Tension prevailed in some parts of Kannur and Kumarakom areas of Kottayam district today following continuing incidents of sporadic violence allegedly involving CPI(M) and BJP cadres.

In Kannur, known for political violence, miscreants
allegedly hurled countrybombs at the residence of BJP
District President K Ranjith early this morning, police said.

At least four other incidents of bomb attacks had been
reported from Kannur in which houses of workers of both the
parties were targeted last night, in continuing violence since
a CPI(M) worker and a BJPRSS activist were killed in two
separate incidents in Kasargode and Thrissur districts on Aug
28, they said.

CPI (M) alleged that four persons, including a pregnant
woman, were injured in a midnight attack targeting a party
worker's house in Iritty area by RSSBJP activists, but police
did not mention any casualty.

Police believe that the continuing sporadic incidents of
clashes were a sequel to the violent attacks between members
of the two parties in Azhikode panchayat in the distict on
Friday night.

Tension prevailed in Kumarakom in Kottayam district after
a CPI(M) local leader's car was torched allegedly by RSSBJP
workers last night.

Meanwhile, BJP accused CPI(M) of unleashing violence in
the state.

"The CPI (M), apprehending a backlash in the upcoming
Panchayat elections, is unleashing violence," BJP National
Executive Committee member P K Krishnadas said in Kannur after
visiting the residence of Ranjith.

CPI(M) Kannur District Secretary P Jayarajan said there
would be permanent peace in the district if the RSSBJP
abandoned weapons.

In the backdrop of the clashes, state government has said
strong action will be taken against those forces trying to
disturb peace in the state.

Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala yesterday alleged that
there was a "planned move" by CPI(M) and BJP to spread
violence in the state.



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