THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Tension prevailed at Powdikonam near Sreekariyam on Sunday night after cadres of the CPM and the RSS clashed each other. Four persons, two each from both sides, sustained injuries and were admitted to the Medical College Hospital. The Sreekariyam police registered a case.
According to the police, the incident took place around 9.30 pm at Vattavila junction near Powdikonam when a few activists of the CPM and the RSS locked horns over erecting their flags in the area. As the groups attacked each other with iron rods, tension prevailed in the area and more activists joined the fight. On information police rushed to the spot and the activists escaped. The police said efforts were on to identify the activists from both sides.
“Efforts are on to identify the suspects. It is learnt there has been frequent skirmishes between the CPM and the RSS in the area over minor issues. We registered a case against both the parties and arrests will be made soon”, said Sreekariyam SI Anoop Krishnan.
The police have booked a case under Sections 143, 147, 148, 149, 188, 283 and 332 of the Indian Penal Code, pertaining to various offences including unlawful assembly, rioting, and voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from discharging his duty. The CPM observed a dawn-to-dusk hartal on Monday demanding the arrest of the RSS activists. A large posse of police has been deployed in the area, the officer said.