Chengannur: The 'red' invasion on a temple at Thiruvanvandoor in Alappuzha district angered the devotees on Monday. When employees of the Sree Dharma Sastha temple under the Travancore Devaswom came to open the doors at 5.30 am, they found letters 'CPM' and 'DYFI' painted in red on the steps and walls.
The names of left organizations 'CPM' and 'DYFI' were also painted at other parts of the temple, including the tower. However, the CPM has denied any hand in the act.
The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Students' Federation of India (SFI) are the youth and the student wings of the ruling CPM.
As the news spread, devotees gathered at the temple situated at Iramallikara and a protest march was held.
The temple advisory committee and the sub-group officer have lodged separate complaints with the police. CPM area secretary M H Rasheed said neither the party nor its feeder organizations had anything to do with the incident. He alleged that it was done by the RSS in an attempt to stop CPM's surge in Thiruvanvandoor.
Meanwhile, the RSS alleged that the CPM was trying to create tension in the area. The saffron organization has also lodged a complaint with the police.
In September, a controversy had erupted in the Alappuzha district after DYFI flags were spotted atop the Mahavishnu Temple in Puliyoor. The DYFI said that it was their way to protest as the RSS flags hoisted during the Sree Krishna Jayanti celebrations on September 12 were yet to be removed. As the row erupted, Devaswom board members and authorities intervened, and the flags were removed.