CPI-M, RSS workers clash in Maharashtra

April 1st, 2008 - 4:43 pm ICT by admin  

Aurangabad, April 1 (IANS) Activists of Communist Party of India-Marxists (CPI-M) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) clashed near Paithan Gate area here during a rally to protest the killing of RSS workers in Kerala’s Kannur district last month. The clash took place Monday when a group of CPI-M activists descended on the scene where the RSS protest rally was on and objected to the burning of their party flag.

Scores of workers on either side sustained minor injuries in the clash amid slogan shouting.

Both sides complained to the police against the other late Monday night. The police have arrested 350 RSS workers including Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker Haribhau Bagde and nine CPI-M activists and later released them on bail.

Other prominent RSS workers against whose names figured in the complaint include Sanjeev Deshpande, Shrikant Joshi and Dnyanoba Munde while Abhay Taksal, Ram Baheti, Manasi Baheti and Vasudha Kalyankar are among the CPI-M activists booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code, the police said.

The RSS rally was a part of nationwide protest against the lynching of five RSS workers and attack on 12 others, allegedly by CPI-M activists in Kannur district of Kerala, a state ruled by the Left party.

RSS leaders said the Kerala High Court castigated the CPI-M government there for not taking initiative to control a series of attacks on its workers and called for deployment of central paramilitary forces.

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