KERALA

Probe on into desecration of Guru idol

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCT. 7. The Rural police suspect that miscreants had damaged the Sree Narayana Guru idol at Palotuvila in Malayankeezhu police station limits in the early hours of Wednesday last with the motive of creating communal discord.

The Circle Inspector (Kattakada), A.S. Sivaprasad, said the police did not see any other "immediate motive" behind the desecration of the idol installed in front of the SNDP branch office. The incident was reported at 1.30 a.m. on Wednesday. The area has no history of any communal tension. However, the police are also probing whether the recent CPI(M)-Shiv Sena standoff in the area had any bearing on the attack.

Fingerprint experts examined the scene of the crime on Thursday. But no prints could be lifted from the spot. The miscreants had hurled stones at the houses of a CPI(M) and Shiv Sena worker. An official said the caretakers of the idol had left the grilled door of the sanctuary open, making it easy for the miscreants to damage the idol. The Malayankeezhu police have registered a case of attempting to create communal disharmony under Section 153 (a) of the Indian Penal Code. The SNDP organised a meeting at Malayankeezhu to protest against the attack on the idol.

Youth injured

A 30-year-old youth was seriously injured when he was attacked by an armed gang near Travancore Titanium Products (TTP) in Valiathura police station limits on Thursday evening. The police identified the victim as Robinson, a resident of Vettukadu. He has been admitted to the Medical College Hospital. The police have registered an attempt to murder case.

Drive against drunken driving

The city police today conducted a night-time drive against drunken driving. The check that started at 5.30 p.m. ended at 10.30 p.m. Several persons have been booked on charges of drunken driving, an official said.