Bid to cover up Patyam blast case: Congress

Special Correspondent

‘CPI(M) spreading falsehood on Chandy’s visit’

Justifies Chandy’s visit to Kannur

Raises charge against Home Ministry

KANNUR: Accusing the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of indulging in a misinformation campaign on Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy’s visit here on the polling day, the Congress leadership in the district has said that the efforts to trigger a row over the visit betray an attempt to cover up the incident of a bomb blast at Patyam in which CPI(M) MLA P. Jayarajan’s son suffered serious injuries.

At a press conference here on Thursday, district Congress president P. Ramakrishnan and his predecessor Sunny Joseph said the CPI(M) was spreading falsehood on the visit of Mr. Chandy.

The CPI(M) which was eager to get a police case registered against Mr. Chandy in connection with his visit, was trying to cover up the blast at Patyam, they said adding that the MLA’s son had been injured when a crude bomb he was carrying went off on the polling day. They said that Mr. Chandy was here on April 16 evening as incidents of attacks on booth agents and impersonation had been brought to his notice as the polling progressed.

Mr. Joseph himself had sent 16 fax messages to the authorities since early morning on April 16 detailing incidents of booth agents in different parts of the Kannur constituency being intimidated and attacked.

Being the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Chandy was free to visit any place he wanted to, they added. The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court-II’s order directing the police to register a case on Mr. Chandy’s visit was a natural outcome of a petition in this regard filed before it, they said adding that the petition that accused Mr. Chandy of violating Section 126 (bar on campaigning during polling and during 48 hours before polling) and Section 136 (that concerns offences such as defacement of ballot papers etc.) was meant to create news for just a day.

Accusing the CPI(M) and the Home Ministry of intervention to delay the probe into the incident in which the MLA’s son Ashish P. Raj and his friend were injured, Mr. Ramakrishnan and Mr. Joseph said that though the police were forced to register an FIR on the incident on April 22 under pressure of public opinion, the investigators were yet to prepare the scene ‘mahassar’.

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