CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury was roughed up by a young man at a press conference in New Delhi. "The two men are now detained at the Mandir Marg police station", said a senior police official.
Enraged members of the Communist Party of India-Marxist pounced on them and thrashed them before handing over the pair to police.
"Masquerading as journalists these persons tried to enter the hall where the conference was being held and started shouting slogans against the CPI (M)", the partys said.
Kummanam said that no CPM leaders came forward to condemn bomb attack on BJP State office. "Such tactics will not be allowed to succeed", the CPI (M) statement said.
Speaking to reporters about the incident, Yechury said the two men "would have got adequate responses had they reached close enough to manhandle me". "We will not be cowed down by any attempts of Sangh's goondagardi (hooliganism) to silence us".
The Delhi Police took away the attackers, who also tried to damage the office furniture in the office. Meanwhile, the CPM politburo strongly condemned the incident.
Rajesh said if the chief minister didn't intervene to rein in the violent protestors, the BJP would organise strong agitations all over Kerala against the CPM attacks.
The Opposition parties have been pushing for his re-election to Rajya Sabha because he is a prominent Opposition face and a powerful speaker to take on BJP in Rajya Sabha, where the ruling government is in minority. He added that it was an attack on the Indian democracy. "Even then, dragging the BJP and RSS into the issue is unfortunate", he said.
State Administrative Reforms Commission chairperson V. S. Achuthanandan, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, KPCC president M.M. Hassan and former KPCC president V.M. Sudheeran were among the political heavyweights who expressed their protests that echoed across the State and its vibrant and politically sensitive social media.