KOCHI: BJP Kerala secretary A K Nazeer was allegedly attacked inside a mosque in Idukki district on Sunday, shortly after he participated in a rally organised by the saffron party to drum up support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
According to media reports, the incident took place minutes after Nazeer entered the Juma Masjid in Thookkupalam. He had come to the mosque after the 'Jana Jagrutha' rally that was conducted by the BJP Idukki unit as a part of the party's outreach programme to explain the CAA to the public.
While the BJP alleged activists of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the pro-Communist Party of India (Marxist) Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) were behind the attack, police have maintained that since the incident took place inside a mosque, it was not clear who had attacked Nazeer.
The BJP leader was obstructed by a group of people when he entered the Thookkupalam Jumah Masjid. However, the Imam allowed him to perform prayers.
"While performing namaz, Nazeer was beaten up from behind using a chair and was also kicked," a BJP press release said.
Nazeer, who hails from Kochi, was rushed to a local hospital and then to the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
There have been several protests in Kerala following the passing of the CAA by the BJP government at the Centre. The attack has come days after the ruling Left government in the state passed a resolution in the state Assembly against the CAA. The resolution also demanded revocation of the contentious citizenship law.
The BJP-led Central government had criticised the Kerala regime for passing such a resolution and accused it of disrespecting the Constitution. Several BJP leaders have asserted that state governments cannot stop implementation of a law which has been passed by Parliament.
The state BJP has been organized Jana Jagruthi programme across the state as part of the nation-wide campaign launched by the party to create awareness among the people over the new law, which the party has claimed will not affect any existing citizens in the country.
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