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Battleground Kerala: CPM worker hacked in Palakkad, bomb thrown at RSS office in Kozhikode

Southern state of Kerala has literally turned into battleground for RSS and CPM. A young CPM worker was attacked in Kerala's Palakkad by unknown men hours before four unknown men threw a crude bomb at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS office in Kozhikode.

The incident occurred around 6pm on Thursday when a young member of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Ratheesh, was hacked by some unknown men in Palakkad. The 30-year-old, who is in a hospital, has identified against three men, who reportedly belong to the BJP.

"The complainant say three BJP activists entered his home and attacked him with sharp weapon. There was prior political enmity between them and we are investigating the case," police said.

Hardly two hours later, four unknown men threw a crude bomb at the RSS office in Kozhikode's Nadapuram locality, injuring four members of the organisation. "Investigation is underway to ascertain the motive behind the attack", police said.

In another act of violence in Kerala, which has a longstanding history of animosity between the left-party CPM and the BJP, the former's office in Nadapuram was set on fire by unidentified men this morning. The attackers have not been identified, police said.

The violence in Kerala seemingly escalated after Kundan Chandravat, a local RSS functionary in Madhya Pradesh, announced at a public meeting in Ujjain, a bounty of one crore on the head of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

"The Kerala Chief Minister is killing our RSS workers who want to take this country forward. I will pay Rs. one crore to anyone who beheads him even if I have to sell my house," Chandravat was seen saying in a video, which went viral.

The RSS, however has distanced itself from Chandravat's comment, "The RSS does not subscribe to any views advocating violence and strongly condemns it."