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Sabarimala: BJP MP’s home attacked with country-made bomb; RSS office in Kannur set on fire

Members of Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi during a protest over the Sabarimala issue, at Kerala House, in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: AP

A country-made bomb was hurled at the ancestral home of a BJP's Rajya Sabha member V. Muraleedharan and an office of the RSS in Kannur was set on fire on Saturday morning, police said.

The entry of two women of menstruating age into the revered Sabarimala temple in the early hours of Wednesday last since the Supreme Court in September last lifted the age-linked ban on the entry of women devotees, triggered massive protests in Kerala.

So far, over 1,700 people have been arrested in connection with violence in various parts of the State.

The Saturday incidents were reported hours after unidentified men threw country-made bombs at the houses of CPI(M) MLA A.N. Shamsee and the party’s former Kannur district secretary, P. Sasi.

No one was injured in the attack on Mr. Muraleedharan's house, police said.

Mr. Muraleedharan said his ancestral home at Vadiyil Peedikia near Thalassery came under attack, but no one was injured.

“My sister, brother-in-law and their daughter were in the house when the attack took place,” he told PTI from Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Muraleedharan has sought a probe by the NIA into the “conspiracy” of police escorting the two women with Maoist links to Sabarimala.

In the other incident, the RSS office in Pariyaram area was set ablaze, police sources said.

Mr. Sasi told journalists that a “powerful” bomb hurled at his house caused damage to the building.


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