Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala witnessed high-voltage drama on Friday following the entry of two women of menstruating age in Sabarimala earlier. Country-made bombs were hurled at the house of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leaders AN Shamseer and P Sasi and various other places. The miscreants have not been identified yet, however, a police probe is on in the matter.
“Unidentified persons riding a bike hurled a bomb at Shamseer’s house at Madapeedikayil near Thalassery in Kannur district of northern Kerala at around 10:15 PM,” police told a leading portal. (Also Read: Sabarimala: 1369 Arrested, 717 Taken Into Preventive Detention in Connection With Hartal-related Violence)
Shamseer blamed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing outfit for instigating violence in the state. The CPI(M) leader was quoted as telling media, “This was an RSS conspiracy to instigate violence in the state. They intend to create violence and destroy the peaceful atmosphere of the state.”
Further, prohibitory orders have been issued at Pandalam, Adoor and Kodumon police station areas in Pathanamthitta district for seven days, a report said.
Around 1369 people were arrested yesterday. Further, 717 others were taken into preventive detention, and a total of 801 cases registered till Friday morning in connection with hartal-related violence in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta District.
Notably, devotees named Bindu and Kanakdurga, both under the age of 50 years, entered Lord Ayyappa’s shrine on Thursday at 3:30 AM. The women had tried to offer prayers last week as well but couldn’t do so.
A dawn-to-dusk Kerala shutdown called to denounce the visit of two women to the Sabarimala temple saw major violence on Thursday, a rarity compared to the regular strikes the state witnesses from time to time.
The Sabarimala Karma Samithi (SKS), which had the backing of the BJP and RSS, said it called the protest to oppose the role of the Kerala government which facilitated the entry of the two women inside the temple before dawn on Wednesday.
The worst affected districts included Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kasargode and Kannur.
A number of CPI-M offices came under attack. In several places in the suburbs of the state capital, it was a free for all as rival factions took on one another. In Nedumangadu near here, crude bombs were thrown at CPI-M offices while homes of CPI-M leaders were attacked.
Meanwhile, the Left government decided promised strong action against the troublemakers. Vijayan added that there was no protest from ordinary people including women over the entry of the two women at the Sabarimala temple.