Bengaluru: The Communist Party of India (CPI) will hold a protest in Bengaluru on Wednesday against the suspected attack on the party headquarter in the upmarket Malleshwaram area by miscreants in the early hours today.
Around 1 am, "miscreants attacked our state party headquarter with petrol bombs", the CPI said.
A few bikes were gutted in the incident.
"Property and vehicles have been damaged in this attack, and fortunately none of the party comrades who stay at the office have sustained any personal injuries," the CPI said in a statement today.
The attack on the CPI headquarter in Bengaluru is suspected to be in retaliation to the incident in Kerala, where protesters had obstructed Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa's convoy in the neighbouring state on Tuesday.
Protesters had stopped Yediyurappa's convoy as a retaliation to the detention of Kerala-based journalists who travelled to cover the violence in the coastal and communally sensitive district of Mangaluru.
"We are investigating all angles to the attack on the CPI office and nothing has been ruled out," said a senior police official investigating the case.
"It is our opinion that this dastardly attack on the party headquarters has to be seen and understood in the context of our party’s spirited resistance to the CAA (Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019) & NRC (National Register of Citizen) proposed by the central BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) government, wherein CPI cadres have courted arrests in protest across the country. This is a direct attack on democratic rights and the right to dissent," CPI said in its statement.
Tensions have been on the rise in Karnataka and other parts of the country after the contentious legislation was passed in the Parliament by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre.
Two people were killed in the violence in Mangaluru on 19 December after police and protesters clashed over CAA and NRC. The police and government maintain that miscreants had travelled from Kerala in an organised fashion to disrupt peace and attack law enforcement authorities.
Today, Yediyurappa said the compensation of ₹10 lakhs each announced by the government would be given only after investigations into the incidents in Mangaluru was completed.
"We haven't decided to give compensation yet. If they (deceased) turn out to be culprits then it would be a big crime on our part to give compensation," Yediyurappa said today.