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Two CPM workers die in Kannur bomb blast

Kannur: Two CPM workers were killed and four others injured when a country bomb exploded in the politically sensitive Kannur district on Saturday June 6.

It is said that the blast occurred while some persons were manufacturing bombs at Kallikkandi in Panoor, where tension is prevailing between CPM and BJP workers.

The deceased have been identified as Subeesh and Shaiju.

The two seriously injured have been admitted to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, police said. The other two are at Thalassery Co-operative Hospital.

The explosion occurred in an outfield in Panoor under Kolavalloor police station limits.

The police said material used for making bombs were recovered from the spot. "Police officials have been sent to the spot and searches are being conducted," Thalassery Rural Superintendent of Police Prateesh Kumar said.

Bomb squad is also at the site.

Blame game:

Meanwhile, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said that the CPM was behind the incident.

"The deceased and the injured belong to the party. The police have found bombs from the house where the explosion happened. CPM should oust such people from the party," Chennithala said.

He said the Kannur DIG will probe the incident.

Taking a serious view of the incident, the Home Minister has also asked State DGP T.P. Senkumar to conduct a probe into the blast.

The incident has triggered concern as it came in the background of efforts to constitute peace committees in the area following frequent BJP-CPM clashes.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders alleged that CPM was deliberately trying to torpedo the peace efforts.

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