Bomb thrown at CPM victory parade in Kerala, party worker killed

  • Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Updated: May 20, 2016 12:22 IST
Election event in CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan’s village attacked with bomb in Kerala. (HT file photo)

A CPI(M) worker was killed in Pinarayi town in the violence-torn Kannur district on Thursday after alleged RSS workers hurled a country-made bomb on a victory procession by members of the Left Democratic Front that stormed to power in the state.

Two more workers were injured in the attack carried out in the village of senior CPI(M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan.

The Left Democratic Front trounced the Congress-led United Democratic Front in the assembly election results declared on Thursday, winning a clear majority in the 140-member house.

According to police, the incident occurred when some members of the victory procession tried to destroy a BJP flag-post in the area. After the incident, the CPI(M) asked its cadre to suspend victory processions to avert more clashes.

The district is notorious for red-saffron clashes and saw widespread violence in the past three decades that claimed more than 300 lives.

Political bloodshed has mounted in the state since the poll dates were declared. An RSS worker was stabbed in the volatile Kannur region weeks before the polls, triggering widespread condemnation. In February, an RSS worker was stabbed to death before his parents in Kannur.

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