Violence continued in many parts of Kerala today over the entry of two women in their 40s into the Sabarimala temple even as the police have arrested more than 1800 people.
A worker of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) was stabbed in Iritti in Kannur on Friday night while party MLA AN Shamseer’s house was attacked and he alleged that the Sangh Parivar was out to vitiate the atmosphere in the state. Bombs were thrown at Bharatiya Janata Party MP V Muralidharan’s house in Thalassery.
In Kannur, which is notorious for clashes between RSS and Left workers that claimed more than 300 lives in three decades, a RSS office was set on fire early on Saturday.
Eighteen persons were taken into preventive custody while more were police deployed in restive area as intelligence warned of more trouble.
A bomb blast was reported from Perambra in Kozhikode district, while a CPI (M) worker’s house was attacked.
The sporadic incidents of violence since Friday night and early Saturday have left authorities worried. Prohibitory orders were clamped in many areas as tension mounted. Police took out a flag march in Thalassery, a sensitive area from where chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan hails.