A 10-month-old infant in Kerala’s Malappuram district became a victim of political rivalry on Tuesday. This came after CPI(M) workers allegedly attacked the baby’s father, a BJP member.
Suresh, a BJP worker and father of the infant Kashinath, claimed that his son, who was sitting on his lap on the driver’s seat of their car, was pulled out and flung to the road by three CPI(M) workers.
While the three attackers are yet to be arrested, the police have registered a case against them under various sections of the IPC including 341, 324, 294 (B), 506 (II), 308, 392, and 427 read with section 34.
Amidst criticism of police inaction, Tirur sub-inspector told The News Minute that the complainant's statements have been recorded.
We have identified the attackers and have found that they are indeed CPI (M) workers. We believe political rivalry to be the cause behind the attack. The attackers will soon be taken into custody.Police Inspector
Alleging that the three CPI (M) workers were involved in other political clashes in the area, Suresh, a native of Tirur, told The News Minute that the attack was totally unprovoked.
I had parked my car on the roadside and was waiting for a friend to arrive. I didn’t see the three men coming on a bike, and noticed only when one of them suddenly opened my car door.Suresh, BJP worker
The 32-year-old alleged that when the attackers realized that Suresh was with his son, they pushed the baby out of the car before attacking him.
Suresh, who is a taxi-driver in Ernakulam said:
They damaged my car and mobile phone too. The situation in the area has been quite tense over the past few days with CPI (M)-BJP clashes prevalent. Being a BJP supporter and someone who has been closely associated with the party, I do not see any other motive for this attack. But it is just wrong to hurt my son in the name of political rivalry.
When people began to gather around, the attackers fled the scene. Suresh and his baby were later taken to a hospital after Tirur police reached the spot. Kashinath has been admitted to Tirur district hospital since then.
Suresh and his family are now contemplating filing a complaint with the Child Rights Commission.
"We spoke to a Childline official about the attack and they instructed us to meet the Superintendents of Police (SP). We will soon file a written complaint," Suresh said.