Six BJP-RSS workers injured in separate attacks in Kerala

Six BJP-RSS workers injured in separate attacks in Kerala

Six activists of the BJP and RSS were injured in separate attacks in Kannur district, late on Tuesday.

Praveen, a 'mandal karyavahak'  of the RSS, was attacked by a group of armed assailants in Kathiroor.

The RSS worker, who sustained injuries on his head and arms, is admitted  to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.

In another incident, in Maloor in the district, five BJP activists were attacked by a group of unidentified men.

The injured men have been identified as Sunilkumar, Gangadharan, Anish, Rajan and Mohanan.

They are admitted  to a private hospital in Thalassery. The BJP called for a hartal in the Mattannur Assembly constituency on Wednesday.

The BJP has alleged the hand of the ruling CPM in the attacks, setting the tone for another round of posturing over political violence in the district, identified with a decades-long history of clashes between the CPM and Sangh Parivar.

The BJP has repeatedly raised the "unprovoked violence" of the CPM as an issue at the national level.

In October, state BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan had led a state-wide rally against "jihadi and red terror".

Kummanam  said the attacks further exposed the CPM's "fascist" designs and the free rein the party has given its cadre to unleash violence against their political opponents.

The CPM has maintained that the BJP-RSS combine, while playing the victim, was also propagating a culture of political violence.

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