'Stern action to be taken against those behind attack on Mayor

Pinarayi

Skirmishes were also reported between CPI-M and Bharatiya Janata Party/Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh workers near the Thiruvananthapuram airport and in Kannur district. "The BJP activists are unleashing violence with the approval of the party's leadership".

Minister Kadakampally Surendran alleged that lapses occurred on the part of police in tackling the violence.

"The attack was pre-planned and the incident can not be trivalised.Stern action will be taken against those behind the attack", Vijayan told reporters here after visiting the mayor at the medical college hospital here.

Corporation mayor VK Prasanth suffered injuries to his head and legs in the clash and was rushed to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital.

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The CPM alleged that the mayor was manhandled by BJP councillors and RSS "outsiders" who were brought in for the attack.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other senior Left leaders visited the Mayor in the hospital.

Speaking to The NewsMinute, Congress councillor Vimal Kumar KC said that when the BJP councillors blocked the mayor, CPM's IP Binu attacked BJP leader Giri Kumar which led to a clash. The CPM district leadership hit out at the police for having failed to rein in the perpetrators.

While most statements on Saturday called it an attack, LDF called it an attempt on the mayor's life on Sunday. The Mayor is faking injuries. "The Mayor is trying to create a smoke screen by weaving baseless stories on the attack", Suresh told the media.

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