Political killings: BJP protests at CPI-M office, leaders meet Presidenttext_fields
New Delhi: Hundreds of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists on Sunday demonstrated here against the killings of their colleagues in Kerala allegedly by the Communist Party of India-Maxist (CPI-M) workers.
"Our protest is against the killings and harassment of BJP workers in Kerala. We are being targeted there very often. Rising crime against BJP workers should immediately be stopped in Kerala," Delhi BJP's media coordinator Praveen Shankar Kapoor told IANS.
Led by BJP vice president Shyam Jaju, secretary R.P. Singh and Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay, the party activists started a protest march from the Delhi BJP's office on Pandit Pant Marg here to the nearby CPI-M office.
Closer to the CPI-M office, some of the demonstrators broke police cordons to stage their protest outside the CPI-M office gates. Police used water cannons to disperse the crowd and detained some of the BJP workers.
"Our demonstration was peaceful and we broke cordons only when we were stopped. Police detained many of workers," Kapoor said.
He also alleged that the CPI-M workers threw stones and bottles at the demonstrators.
"Police should probe this. They should arrest the CPI-M supporters behind this act," Kapoor demanded.
Meanwhile A delegation of BJP leaders led by union minister Nitin Gadkari met President Pranab Mukhrejee here and gave him a memorandum over the violence against party workers in Kerala.
The delegation lodged a formal protest with the President over the violence which took place in Kerala on May 19-20 during the celebration of the Left Democratic Front's victory in the state assembly polls.
A Bharatiya Janata Party worker named V.R. Pramod of Kodungalloor in Thrissur district of Kerala was allegedly attacked by CPI-M workers during a victory procession. He later died.