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On CCTV, Police alert after petrol bombs hurled at CPI(M) headquarters, AKG center in Kerala

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Thiruvananthapuram: In a shocking development, an unidentified bike-borne man allegedly hurled a bomb at the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in the early hours of Friday (July 01). The incident has been captured on CCTV, in which a bike rider is seen hurling bombs at the CPI(M) headquarters in the city’s AKG Center area. According to the video, the man fled after throwing a bomb at the office of the ruling party.

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Angry CPI(M) workers gathered outside the party headquarters after the incident. Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal condemned the attack and called the alleged attack on the CPI(M) office a “organized effort” to disrupt the law and order situation in the state. The Kerala minister also requested the people of the state to hold a peaceful protest against the alleged attack. KN Balagopal told sources, “It is an organized effort to create a stir in Kerala. We hope that the police will register a case against the miscreants involved. We request the people of Kerala to protest this peacefully.”

Senior CPI(M) leader and LDF convener EP Jayarajan, who stays in the neighbourhood, alleged that the Congress was behind the provocative action and appealed to the CPI(M) workers to remain calm.

The opposition Congress, however, rejected the allegations.

Meanwhile, many Kerala ministers, including Finance Minister KN Balagopal, Education Minister V Sivankutty, rushed to the spot.

Several workers of the CPI(M) took out a protest march in the city. The workers also protested in Pathanamthitta and other places in the state.

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As tense situation prevailed, the police tightened security around offices of the Congress in the state.

CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan called for a peaceful protest. Accusing the Congress-led UDF of deliberately creating provocation, Balakrishnan urged the party workers not to fall in their trap.

An investigation has been launched to identify the culprits behind the attack, police said.

The incident comes ahead of Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s visit to his constituency Wayanad on Friday.

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