Petrol bomb attack on RSS office in Kerala caught on camera amid uproar after NIA raids
A petrol bomb was thrown at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office in Mattannur town, Kannur district on 23 September. According to CCTV footage seen by Republic TV, two people can be seen arriving on a two-wheeler and one of them rushed to the RSS office and threw the Molotov cocktail. Subsequently, the two assailants, who remain unknown, fled the scene. The police are investigating the incident.
Following the attack, the windows were smashed and the office bed was found crumbling and stained with gasoline, the visuals showed. The attack follows the strike announced by the People’s Front of India (PFI) today, September 23 in Kerala against nationwide raids carried out under the leadership of the NIA on September 22 on offices, residences and various other places of the PFI, followed by arrests of its leaders.
Violence during the PFI hartal on September 23
The PFI called for the closure of Kerala on September 23 against the arrest of its members by the NIA on September 22. In various other parts of the state, roads were seen deserted this morning with few people on the roads. Police said rock-throwing incidents were reported in multiple locations across the state, except for attacks on police officers, who were targeted by protesters. The High Court of Kerala took notice suo motu of the declaration of bandh. Judge AK Jayasankaran Nambiar said that despite his 2019 order, a call for a hartal flash was issued yesterday by the PFI.
“The action of the aforementioned persons in calling the hartal without following the procedure contemplated in our earlier order, prima facie, amounts to a disregard of the instructions of this Court in the aforementioned order,” the court observed.
NIA raids against PFI
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), in coordination with the ED, state police forces have raided PFI-related locations and leaders in over 15 states nationwide and also arrested 106 PFI executives, informed sources said.
The NIA conducted research into five specific cases recorded by the agency as a result of “continuing contributions and evidence” that PFI leaders and executives were involved in the financing of terrorism and terrorist activities, organizing boot camps to provide armed training and radicalize people to join banned organizations.
Several cases have been filed against the members, leaders of the PFI, for their alleged involvement in acts of violence in many Indian states.