Thiruvananthapuram: Video recordings hold proof of an attack by BJP workers on police personnel after laying siege to their vehicle at Nedumangad on the hartal day on December 3. Sub Inspector Sunil Gopi's arm fractured in the assault. The crowd also beat up other policemen.
The police have arrested an accused, identified as P. Pratheesh.
The police team had pursued several men who were staging a protest, riding motor bikes flaunting BJP flags. As the police arrested a man, who was one of the main accused in the previous day's violence, the assailants rushed to the vehicle and attacked using sticks and iron rods. The police had to reverse the vehicle and drive away without conceding the man under custody.
The visuals clearly show a few assailants rushing to the police vehicle and attacking the group. A larger crowd then emerged and beat up the driver through the front door window. The vehicle's glasses were shattered in the attack.
Pictures have also emerged of a man wearing a cap smashing the side window glasses and three people beating up the driver.
Man held for bomb attack
The police have arrested a man over a bomb attack on the Nedumangad police station on hartal day, but the main accused – who is district secretary of the RSS – has gone into hiding.
The man in custody has been identified as N. Nishant, 30, of Deepa Bhavan, Melankod, Karuppor. Visuals show absconding RSS district karyavahak Praveen of Nooranad, Alappuzha, throwing bombs at the police station. He vanished as the visuals emerged.