Malappuram, October 9
The car in which BJP national vice-president AP Abdullakutty was travelling was hit by a lorry in the district early on Friday, with the leader alleging an attempt to murder him.
The car was damaged in the rear, police said, adding that a case of rash driving under Section 279 of the IPC had been registered against the driver of the lorry following a complaint by Abdullakutty, who was recently appointed the national office-bearer of the BJP.
Condemning the incident, BJP Kerala state president K Surendran said the party would hold protest meetings across the state.
According to the complaint by Abdullakutty, the incident occurred on a national highway near Valanchery. He also alleged that unidentified men hurled stones at his car earlier as he was returning to his hometown Kannur from Thiruvananthapuram.
Police said another case had also been registered on a separate complaint by Abdullakutty, a former Kannur MP, that a group of men allegedly abused him while he was having refreshments at a roadside hotel on Thursday night.
The case was registered under IPC sections, including 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
“Both the incidents were planned and a thorough investigation should be made to nab the culprits and expose the conspiracy behind them,” Abdullakutty said.
Malappuram Superintendent of Police U Abdul Kareem told PTI that two cases had been registered – one in Ponnani and the other at Kadampuzha police station.
A two-time CPI(M) MP, Abdullakutty was expelled from the Left party in 2009 for expressing admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister.
Kutty later joined the Congress and was elected to the state assembly twice, but was expelled from the party last year, following which he joined the BJP. PTI