house: burnt house in Thrikkakara | Kochi News

Kochi: Police on Sunday arrested a 42-year-old man for burning down the house of a CPM employee in Thrikkakara in the early hours of Sunday.
Although it was alleged that political rivalry could have led to the incident, police said personal enmity was the motive for the attack.
It was the house of Manju KR, an Asha worker and CPM activist, in Athani that was ravaged by fire. Manju and her children had gone to a relative’s house when Ratheesh set the house on fire. Five rabbits bred by Manju died in the fire.
The person arrested was identified as Ratheesh (48) son of Thankappan, Chembarakky, Perumbavoor.
City police, in a statement, said Manju’s sister’s husband had an altercation with Ratheesh’s brother, Rameshan. Following the incident, Ratheesh had threatened Manju to burn down his house in retaliation.
The fire destroyed almost everything in the house. Manju said there were disputes between his family and the defendant’s family.
“We had covered the rabbit shed with mosquito nets to protect them. Five of them are dead and five are alive. Everything else in the house was destroyed and we were only able to salvage some burnt utensils from the house,” she said.
Since the Thrikkakara by-election is slated for soon, the attack has garnered a lot of attention and senior CPM leaders have visited the house.
Manju said she and her family members are CPM supporters.
“The arrested person had come here to stay with his brother at home. We are CPM supporters, and I think they had a problem with that as well. However, I used to only face them with a smile, always,” she said.

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