Special Correspondent

KASARAGOD: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala has accused the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of unleashing violence against Congress workers in different parts of the district.

He was inaugurating a district convention of the party here on Monday. Mr. Chennithala was referring to clashes between CPI(M) and Congress workers at Kanathur in the district. At least 15 people belonging to both parties were injured in the clashes there on Sunday.

Three vehicles were damaged when they were set on fire by clashing party workers. A few shops were also attacked.

Mr. Chennithala said the police remained inactive. They failed to take action against violation of democratic rights in many parts of the district, he said.

The Congress would launch an agitation if the CPI(M) continued to ‘deny democratic rights to rival political workers,’ he added.