'Attack on AKG Centre a nano terror act?' UDF slams govt for delay in arrest

Kerala Assembly
PC Vishnunath, VD Satheesan, Ramesh Chennithala. File photo: Screengrab/MMTV

Thiruvananthapuram: The United Democratic Front (UDF) on Monday slammed the Kerala government for delaying the investigation surrounding the attack on CPI(M)'s state headquarters AKG Centre. 

'The slow pace at which the police is examining the CCTV visuals gives rise to suspicion,' MLA PC Vishnunath said during an adjournment motion moved by the UDF over the attack on AKG Centre as well as several Congress offices across the state and the alleged lack of police action in these matters.

'The police have not yet arrested the accused in the AKG Centre case yet. They are not taking any action against the CPM activists and goons who are vandalising Congress offices in the name of vengeance either.'

'How did this incident occur when police stood guard outside the centre? The Home Minister should offer an explanation,' he said.

'This was nano terror attack which targetted the three stones on the compound wall while conveniently skipping the dry leaves and paper lying below,' Vishnunath said mockingly.

Meanwhile, Angamaly MLA Roji M John congratulated LDF Convenor EP Jayarajan for pinning the blame on Congress five minutes after the crime.

'The prime investing agencies of the world should hire EP Jayarajan for his quick crime solving skills,' he said.

'The CPM does not have the slightest doubt that the attack was orchestrated by SDPI or BJP. Congress is their only enemy,' he added.

Tirurangadi MLA KPA Majeed and Vatakara MLA KK Rema also slammed the police inaction and the Home Department's failure in the issue during the adjournment motion.

Speaker M B Rajesh allowed the adjournment motion to be discussed for two hours starting from 1 pm after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan agreed that the issue raised by the opposition requires a discussion.

Vijayan said the attack on AKG Centre was viewed with pain by lakhs of people and therefore, it can be discussed in the House.

An unidentified person had allegedly hurled an explosive substance at the state headquarters of the ruling CPI(M) on June 30 night. However, police are yet to identify the perpetrator.

CCTV visuals released by the CPI(M) through the official media group of the AKG Centre showed a man reaching the spot on a motorbike and hurling the "bomb" at the building and fleeing the spot. The explosive allegedly hit the stone wall of the AKG Centre.

While the CPI(M) blamed Congress, the latter rejected the allegation.

The opposition party also alleged that their party offices were targeted by the Left cadres across the state including in the districts of Kottayam, Alappuzha, and Thrissur.

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