COIMBATORE: Miscreants lobbed two petrol bombs at the Communist Party of India (Marxist) office in Gandhipuram in the city on Saturday early morning. According to sources, CPM office car driver K Anandan, who used to stay in the party office at the second street extension of Gandhipuram, had gone for his morning walk around 5.30 am. When he returned around 7.10 am, he saw two petrol bombs — one a beer bottle and the other a plastic bottle filled with petrol —burning on the office premises.
The burning Molotov cocktail left one of the doors of a car parked on the premises partially burnt. Anandan alerted district secretary V Ramamurthy and the city police about the arson attack.
On information, the city police launched a probe. Later, Deputy Commissioner of Police S Lakshmi inspected the spot. As no CCTV camera is installed on the party office premises, police were scanning footage from nearby areas.
In a later development, the sleuths found a footage from the entrance of the second street extension of Gandhipuram and were trying to identify the assailants.
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When some reporters accessed a CCTV camera footage recorded by a local resident, the grab showed two youth on a scooter. One of the youth had his face covered using a handkerchief. As the youth were loitering in the area at the time of the incident, the needle of suspicion fell on them.
Pointing an accusatory finger at saffron outfits, CPM district secretary V Ramamurthy said that such attacks would not deter them from voicing dissent.
“Recently, party general secretary Sitaram Yechury was attacked in Delhi. While these attacks aim at throttling our dissent, we shall not be deterred,” he added.
A top official in the city police said that a special team was formed to identify the accused.
The Rathinapuri police registered a case under section 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of Explosives Substances Act.
Soon after Yechury came under attack, the city police had alerted the Students Federation of India (SFI) cadre not to stay at the party office.