In politically-volatile Kannur, a seven year-old boy was stabbed by a group of miscreants who came searching for his father.
Family members said the four-member gang arrived at their house on Tuesday night to attack Rahul, the father. Since he was not at home, they attacked his son Karthik, a student of Class 2. The injured boy was admitted to a hospital in Iritty. His parents claimed that the attack was carried out by CPI(M) men. Karthik’s mother had contested the last local body elections on a BJP ticket and her husband allegedly received threats from CPI(M) activists after the assembly polls.
BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said the miscreants had come to harm Rahul, an active BJP worker. Rajasekharan also tweeted a picture of an injured Karthik with a bandage on his left elbow. “CPI(M) miscreants attacked the boy as they couldn’t find his father. It is a savage incident. It seems CPI(M) men are in no mood to end violence,” said Rajasekharan after visiting the boy. There was no reaction from CPI(M) district leaders.
Police denied the BJP allegations, saying the attack was the result of a family feud and the main accused was Karthik’s paternal uncle.
The BJP is planning to take up this incident in a big way. Last week, the party’s central leaders met President Pranab Mukherjee and organised a rally before the CPI(M) headquarters in New Delhi, which turned violent. Union home minister Rajnath Singh also raised the matter with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan when he called on him two days back.
Notorious for bloody clashes between red and saffron forces, at least 200 workers belonging to both camps were killed in Kannur over last three decades. In the last three months, three workers — two BJP and a CPI(M) activist — were killed in the violence.