In a major development, Kerala police have arrested 11 Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers in connection with a temple vandalism in Palakkad on December 18.
Those arrested have been charged with “hurting religious sentiments” and “creating enmity”.
The Subramanian temple in Palakkad district was not only vandalised but the goons also stole money and damaged lamps and festoons kept inside the place of worship.
Notably, in a series of incidents on December 17, CPI(M) workers vandalised BJP leader Ratheesh’s house in Kureepuzha and also the RSS office in Alappuzha.
BJP’s Palakkad district president Krishan Das condemned the incident saying: “After the results of the local body elections, (the) CPI(M) has won the panchayat and the BJP came second winning seven seats. Due to the winning of this 1 seat and coming second in 7 seats, the CPI(M) is conniving with extremist organisations like the SDPI. They have attacked the BJP workers there, they ransacked the temple, looted the place of worship and carried away the hundi. We can only compare these acts with terrorist organisations. Out of 11 who have been remanded, four belong to (the) SDPI, which is a terrorist organisation. (The) CPI(M) joining hands with them is the most undemocratic. (The) BJP condemns this attitude and calls for stringent action against the accused.”
The violence unleashed by the CPI(M) workers on BJP and RSS offices in the aftermath of the elections has been labelled “politically motivated” since the saffron party managed to make massive inroads in the civic body polls.
Apart from retaining the Palakkad municipality, the BJP managed to seize the Pandalam municipality by winning 18 of the 33 wards. The BJP candidates also won in 23 of the gram panchayats in the civic body polls this year.