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Thiruvananthapuram: Describing the attack on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in which he was injured in stone pelting at Kannur Sunday as a "planned one", the State government Monday said placing him under "Z" category security would be taken after consultation with him.

It was proposed to provide 'Z' category security to Chandy, but a final decision in this regard would be taken only after consultation with Chief Minister, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told reporters here.

"What happened during the CPI-M-led LDF opposition protest was a well planned one as LDF volunteers were blocking Chandy's official engagements across the state for the past five months", he said.

On the condition of Chandy, who was admitted to Medical College Hospital here, he said Chandy has a swelling in chest and he has to undergo a CT scan to find out whether any glass particles had pierced his forehead.

LDF under the cover of showing black flags had virtually indulged in violence and so far 207 police personnel had been injured in the last five months at various places, he said.

"On the one side LDF say they were holding peaceful protests and on the other hand they indulge in violence. Is it not a double standard", he asked.

Refuting reports that security lapse led to the incident, Radhakrishnan said in view of intelligence report that there would be trouble in Kannur, "unprecedented" security measures were taken during yesterday's meeting.

Nearly 1000 police personnel were deployed for security purpose and DGP has been examining how the incident happened even after such a high security, he said.

So far 21 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident and all of them were CPI-M activists, he said.

Chandy was injured in stone pelting during a protest demonstration by LDF as part of their agitation against Chandy on solar scam issue turned violent.

LDF was on an agitational path in the state demanding resignation of Chandy on solar scam issue, which related to cheating a few persons by one Saritha S Nair and her accomplice Biju Radhakrishan by offering solar panel solutions. LDF allege that the cheating took place with the knowledge of CM and his office.

PTI

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