Thiruvananthapuram: BJP president Amit Shah has appointed a five-member committee to probe “growing incidents” of attack on BJP workers in the State. In a statement released in New Delhi, Mr Shah said BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav would head the committee. The committee has MPs Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Hegde, Nalin Kateel and general secretary in charge of the State, H Raja as members.
The decision comes in the wake of a crude bomb attack at the party's State committee office in Thiruvananthapuram this week. Union minister of State for commerce and industry, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, had alleged that the crude bomb was targeted at BJP State president Kummanam Rajasekharan, who had left the office a few hours before the bomb was thrown. BJP blames CPM supporters for the attack, saying such attacks have increased after the LDF Government came to power.
The police team investigating the crude bomb attack at the State BJP committee office is still groping despite managing to get a CCTV video grab of a man hurling an object at the BJP office on Wednesday midnight. The very next day the Centre sought a report from the LDF Government on the attack against the BJP State committee office. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and sought a report and also urged to him not to turn a blind eye to the attacks against BJP activists.
He also demanded stringent action against assailants and expressed concern over regular attacks being unleashed on BJP workers in Kerala. He told Mr Vijayan that he had received complaints of sporadic violence, targeting BJP men.
Mr Rajasekharan had alerted the Centre about serial attacks in Kannur district against the BJP and RSS supporters. He had sought the help of the Government as the law and order had gone for a toss in Kannur which has now spread to the capital city. Governor P. Sathasivam had expressed his displeasure over the attack against the BJP office on Wednesday.