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BJP Kerala unit secretary A K Nazir attacked inside mosque

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Kattappana, Jan 13: BJP Kerala state secretary A K Nazir was allegedly attacked inside a mosque at Nedungandam in Idukki district on Sunday, shortly after he participated in a programme on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), police said.

While the BJP alleged activists of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the pro-CPI(M) Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) were behind the attack, police have maintained that since the incident took place inside a mosque, it was not clear who had attacked Nazir.

BJP Kerala state secretary A K Nazir

The BJP leader was obstructed by a group of people when he entered the Thookkupalam Jumah Masjid to offer prayers after the Jana Jagriti meeting. However, the Imam allowed him to perform prayers.

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    "While performing namaz, Nazir was beaten up from behind using a chair and was also kicked," a BJP press release said. Nazir, who hails from Kochi, was rushed to a local hospital and then to the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.

    As part of the public meeting, a rally was also taken out by the BJP where three DYFI workers had created some trouble, Kattappana Deputy Superintendent of Police N C Rajmohan told PTI. However, since the attack on Nazir took place inside the mosque it was not clear who was behind it, he said.

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