Kerala: Left, BJP workers clash in Kannur; Prohibitory orders clamped

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Kochi, May 19: LDF's victory celebrations in Kerala were marred when a country bomb was hurled at a CPI(M) rally in in Dharmadam, which elected Marxist leader Pinarayi Vijayan to the state assembly.

According to reports, one CPM cadre named Raveendran died and five were injured. The CPM blamed the RSS for the deadly attack. [LIVE: Kerala Assembly Poll Results 2016]


In Kanhangad, the RSS attacked another CPI-M victory rally, injuruign the newly elected legislator and a senior leader, a CPI-M statement said.

"Similar attacks are being reported from Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram districts."

It said that in Nemom constituency, which elected BJP leader O Rajagopal to the legislature, former MLA and CPI-M candidate Sivankutty's office was attacked.

The CPI-M demanded that the RSS attackers must be immediately be brought to book.

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CPI(M) and BJP workers clashed in various places last night during the Left party's election victory celebrations, leaving at least 30 people injured, following which prohibitory orders have been clamped in the district.

The injured-- 24 belonging to BJP and six of CPI(M) were hospitalised, police said.

Panur, Dharmadam, Thalassery and Pinarayi saw workers of the two parties attacking each other last night, they said.

Crude bombs were hurled at houses of some BJP workers and vehicles were also damaged. Kannur is a stronghold of the Left party.

Yesterday, one person was killed and eight others were injured when two country made bombs were hurled at CPI(M)-led LDF'spoll victory rallies in the district.

Dharmadam, from where CPI(M) politburo member and chief ministerial aspirant Pinarayi Vijayan won, is observing half-day bandh today over the killing of the CPI(M) worker.

CPI(M)-BJP and CPI(M)-IUML clashes were also reported from some places in northermost Kasaragod district yesterday following which prohibitory orders had been clamped at Kasaragod, Kanhangad and Manjeswaram.

In the poll results declared yesterday, CPI(M)-led LDF returned to power getting a comfortable majority dealing a huge blow to ruling Congress-led UDF while BJP created history making its debut.

In the 140-member assembly, LDF won 91 seats, UDF 47, BJP and Independents, one each.

OneIndia News

(With agency inputs)

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