Sabarimala violence: Bombs hurled at houses of CPM, BJP workers

Sabarimala violence: 6,914 arrested, 18 bombs seized in Kannur
A house that came under attack in Kozhikode.

Kannur/Thiruvananthapuram: In continuing incidents of violence over the Sabarimala issue, countrymade bombs were hurled at the homes of CPI(M) and BJP workers in Kozhikode district early on Tuesday.

The house of CPI(M)'s Koyilandy area committee member, Shiju, came under attack first, following which local BJP leader V K Mukundan's house was also attacked using crude bombs, police said. However, no one was injured.

The house of Adoor special branch SI in Pathanamthitta also came under attack.

As many as 6,914 people arrested have been arrested in connection with the recent violent incidents in Kerala after two women, in their 40s, entered the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala last week.

On Monday a country bomb was hurled at the house of a BJP worker at Koyilandy in Kozhikode, while 18 crude bombs were seized from Kannur Monday.

The bomb was hurled at the BJP worker's house Monday morning and window panes were shattered, but none was injured. At Panur in Thalassery in Kannur district, 18 powerful country-made bombs were seized by police. The bombs were made recently, they said. Police said at Manjeri in Malappuram district, an incident of stone throwing was reported.

According to the police, 2,187 cases have been registered and 6,914 arrested in the violence witnessed in the state in the past few days.

While 5,960 have been released on bail, 954 people have been remanded to judicial custody.

The state had witnessed unprecedented violence after two women in their forties - Bindu and Kanakadurga - offered prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala on January 2 and during the hartal called by various Hindu outfits to protest the women's entry the next day.

Slamming the BJP-RSS over the recent violence on the women entry issue, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the CPI(M)-led LDF government would take stringent action against those indulging in violence and would not be cowed down by threats and intimidation.

Addressing a press conference at Thiruvanathapuram, he also said the government would take stringent actions against the Sangh Parivar workers who had unleashed violence in the name of January 3 hartal and the following violence.

BJP  state president P S Sreedharan Pillai, who visited the homes of party workers which had come under attack, demanded a judicial probe in the manner in which the two women were taken inside the hill temple on January 2.

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