The SDPI has justified the attack on two CPM members, which took place at Mangalam on Wednesday. The district leaders of the organisation said on Saturday that the attack was just an emotional reaction from its members to an attack the CPM executed against one of its members on the same morning.
SDPI district president V T Iqramul Haq said that such kinds of incidents were common between political rivals. The media sensationalised the issue because SDPI was always at the receiving end. But the leaders remained silent on the question how the SDPI members involved in the attack arranged weapons in such a short interval if the attack was not premeditated. “There are 16 cases in the police station in the coastal area regarding various attacks on SDPI members, from 2010. But, police have arrested the culprits in only two cases. They have not taken serious attempts to nab the culprits in the remaining cases. The CPM is angry over its members joining the SDPI. We will stand behind members who came from other parties, physically and emotionally. Every political party is taking the path of armed defence to protect its members,” the SDPI district president said at a press meet here on Saturday.