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CPM-BJP violence in TVPM: 2 impassive cops suspended

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CPM-BJP violence in TVPM: 2 impassive cops suspended Cops seen standing impassively as miscreants attack BJP office. Photo: CCTV visual released by BJP

Thiruvananthapuram: Two police personnel, who reportedly did not try to intervene as miscreants vandalized a BJP state committee office in the district, have been suspended.

The personnel were on security duty outside the building in the wee hours of Friday, when the culprits attacked the office and damaged vehicles outside the building. The BJP had alleged that the policemen did not try to prevent the attack.

“Though five personnel were at the spot including the Museum ASI, only one tried to stop the miscreants,” the BJP leaders alleged.

According to CCTV visuals released by the state BJP headquarters, a few people arrived at the party's office around 1.40 am Friday. They smashed the window panes of at least six vehicles parked inside the compound, including the one that belonged to party's state chief Kummanam Rajasekharan.

"This is a planned attack and it was unleashed by the CPM after coming to know that our state president was staying overnight at the office," party general secretary M.T. Ramesh told the media.

Hours after the attack, BJP workers allegedly stoned the residence of CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son, Bineesh Kodiyeri.

However, the CPM's contention is that the trouble started after RSS-BJP activists unleashed attacks on its party activists and their residences in the state capital. The party alleged it was a political move to divert attention from the bribery allegations raised against the BJP leaders in the medical college affiliation scam.

Political processions banned

The police have beefed up the security in the district and have banned procession. Around 450 police personnel have been stationed at various regions in the district. The collector has also banned political processions in the district for the next three days. Areas including Balaramapuram and Neyyattinkara remained tense.

(With inputs from IANS)

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