THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The prohibitory orders notwithstanding, sporadic incidents of violence were reported from across the city on Sunday when the funeral procession of slain RSS leader Rajesh was taken out to Santhikavadam.
Palayalam was affected the most after Rajesh’s funeral procession passed through the area. A motorcycle allegedly belonging to a BJP worker was set ablaze by suspected SFI activists in front of the University College. The violence was triggered after BJP workers and SFI activists hurled stones at each other at Palayam. Motorcycle-borne BJP workers at the end of the procession were allegedly involved in escalating the tension with SFI workers. The police caned the protesters and used water cannons to disperse them. Later, BJP workers hurled stones at the University Students’ Centre, University College and NGO Union state committee office at PMG Junction.
A policeman was hurt by a suspected BJP worker in the stone-pelting. At Paruthippara near MG College, minor tension was reported after BJP activists removed SFI’s flagpoles. The timely intervention by police prevented further clash. Over 400 policemen have been deployed across the city to maintain law and order.
At Mettukada, BJP workers tried to rush into the CPM district committee office leading to minor tension. The police removed all the BJP workers immediately.At Peyad, suspected RSS activists allegedly attacked the CPM local committee office. The Vilappilshala police registered a case in connection with the incident.
‘CPM has no role in murder’
CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said his party did not have any role in the murder of RSS leader S N Rajesh in the capital. “The BJP is trying to mislead people by claiming the CPM was behind the murder. In fact, this is not a political killing but one owing to some family dispute,” he told reporters here on Sunday. “The BJP made the hartal call to create law and order problems. Never before a regional issue was exaggerated to such an extend that a statewide hartal is observed,” he said. Kodiyeri said Manikuttan, one of the murder accused, is the son of an INTUC worker. Another accused Pradeep’s father is a BMS activist. The CPM will not protect accused in any police case. The party had taken action against its workers involved in the attack on the BJP office. The government is taking strict action against criminals, he said. The BJP is encouraging attacks on the CPM. The BJP did not even condemn the attack against the house of CPM state secretary, he said.