Won’t deter us: BJP’s Annamalai after miscreants lob petrol bomb near party office in Coimbatore

Hours after miscreants hurled a petrol bomb near the BJP office in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai said the incident won’t deter the party workers.

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Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai. (Photo: ANI)

Hours after miscreants hurled a petrol bomb near the BJP office in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai said the incident won’t deter the party workers.

“Petrol Bomb hurled on our Coimbatore party office will not deter our brothers & sisters one bit. This will only strengthen our resolve to fight hard against these very forces who are inimical to our society & country,” he wrote on Twitter.

The incident triggered tension in the locality, but no damage or injuries were reported. The incident came hours after the NIA carried out raids on offices of PFI and residences of its functionaries in several parts of the state, including here.

"A petrol bomb was thrown at our office. This is how terror attacks come. Today raids (against PFI) took place at several places, it is the anniversary of the Hindu Munnani leader and the BJP National president, too, is in the state," said BJP leader Nandkumar.

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A team of senior officials rushed to the spot and conducted the preliminary inquiry, police said, adding the bottle filled with petrol fell short of the party office building.

Some locals noticed a few people moving suspiciously near the BJP office on VKK Menon road before the incident took place, they said.

Police are checking the bottle filled with kerosene and the lid wrapped in cotton. The CCTV footage from the nearby areas shows a man on a motorbike throwing a bottle at the office. However, the cotton cover was not lit on fire.

Police are examining the footage obtained from CCTV cameras in and around the area.

Later, senior BJP leaders reached the spot and raised slogans calling for action against the culprits.

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