The Church of South India (CSI) has accused the student wing of CPI(M) of being a "terror outfit", following violence at a church-run college in Kottayam allegedly by the Left student activists.
In a pastoral letter read out in all its churches yesterday, the CSI central Kerala Diocese said the attack on CMS college was a "challenge to Christian humanism" and asked the community to rally around to protect the institution.
The 193-year-old college could not be run for a few people who wanted to challenge the law of the land and the education system itself, it said and alleged that a major political party was behind the attack, without naming it.
Church-run educational institutions, built by missionaries centuries back to spread the "light of letters" could not be thrown into the hands of a few "thugs" in the name of campus freedom, it said.
The letter gives enough indications that the compromise between CMS college management and SFI had not ended the divide between the Left and CSI church, the strongest Protestant denomination in Kerala.
The office room of CMS college was ransacked allegedly by SFI activists two weeks back, demanding reinstatement of a student who was dismissed for indiscipline.
SFI had staged a two month-long agitation in the campus to press their demand.
In talks held after the attack, it was decided that the student would be barred entry to the campus, but would be allowed to appear for examinations.