BJP man dies days after arsonThe fire spread and engulfed the room where Radhakrishnan had been sleeping when the cylinder caught fire and exploded.
A 44-year-old BJP worker died Friday over a week after he had sustained burn injuries in an arson attack on his house at Kanjikkode in Kerala’s Palakkad district. CPI(M) workers had allegedly attacked the house of C Radhakrishnan on December 28. The attackers first set a cattle shed on fire before torching three bikes.
Radhakrishnan’s house caught fire before rescuers could remove an LPG cylinder placed near the burning bikes. The fire spread and engulfed the room where Radhakrishnan had been sleeping when the cylinder caught fire and exploded.
The police said that three attackers have been arrested for the arson while the BJP has called a bandh on Saturday in Palakkad to protest against the incident.
The unabated political violence in Kerala has claimed one more victim, while two others remain critical.
A BJP worker who suffered grievous burns after political rivals from CPI (M) set fire to his house, succumbed to his injuries on Friday at Jubilee Mission Medical College in Thrissur.
The attack happened on December 28 at Kanjikode in Palakkad.
Radhakrishnan, 55, had been rushed to the hospital with 60% burns on his body. He was admitted along with his brother Kannan and his wife Vimala, who had also suffered burn injuried in the attack.
Three CPI(M) workers were arrested last week for the attack, a few others are still absconding.
“We have called for a district wide hartal on January 7. The attack was done with the intention to kill. The condition of both Kannan and his wife is critical,” Advocate E Krishnadas -BJP Palakkad district president said.
Kannan and Vimala continue to remain critical, with both sustaining over 70% and 80% burns respectively.
On December 28, a group of people had set fire to three bikes kept in a shed near the kitchen of Kannan’s house. The fire spread, causing the gas cylinder kept in the kitchen to explode. Both the shed and the house was completely burnt down.
All the three victims were local leaders of the BJP.