Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s office in Kerala’s Wayanad district was stormed Friday by members of Students’ Federation of India (SFI), student wing of CPI(M).
Congress general secretary KC Venugopal called the attack a ‘pre-planned… unprovoked and ghastly attack’.
The left organisation was protesting alleging Rahul Gandhi had failed to intervene in the issue of creating buffer zones around forests in hilly areas.
Visuals shared by VD Satheesan, the Leader of the Opposition in Kerala, showed a large mob of young left activists arguing with and shouting at each other inside a small glass-walled room. Suddenly a scuffle breaks out and a man in a red shirt can be seen thrashing another.
“Ghastly attack by SFI goons at Rahul Gandhi’s MP office at Wayanad. It is lawlessness and goondaism. CPM has turned into an organised mafia. Strongly Condemning the attack,” Satheesan said in his post.
The incident led to tension in Kalpetta, where the office is located, with Congress workers launching a protest of their own.
“It is a state-sponsored attack,” Satheeshan said.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has condemned the attack and promised strict action.
The CPIM has disowned and condemned the attack.