Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who was injured in stone pelting during the LDF protest in Kannur, on Tuesday virtually held the CPI-M responsible for the incident.
"Earlier also there had been incidents like hurling of rotten eggs, sticks and stones in various places since the LDF launched their campaign but only now they had hit the target," Chandy, who was discharged from hospital, told reporters.
The Chief Minister said in a democracy violence had no role and thanked the UDF workers for conducting their protests over the incident in a peaceful manner.
On the claim of CPI(M) that their party had nothing to do with Kannur incident, Chandy said, "I welcome this statement of CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan if he had made it sincerely."
Chandy, however, pointed out that all the three gates leading to the venue of his programme had been blocked by the CPI(M) workers and the police had refrained from using force, which avoided more trouble.
"I had given instructions that no police action should be taken against protestors, when I got the information that all the three gates leading to the venue of his meeting had been blocked by CPI-M workers," Chandy told reporters on being discharged from the hospital.
On Home Department's proposal to put him under 'Z' category security, Chandy said he was already protected well and did not wish any further security.
"I do not want to keep away from people and my safety is in their hands," Chandy, who will turn 70 on October 31, said.
Chandy said the incident at Kannur also appeared to be an attempt to repeat Koothuparambu incident, where five activists of CPI(M)'s youth wing DYFI were killed in police firing in Kannur district when they tried to block then Co-operation Minister M V Raghavan in 1994.
Giving details of the circumstances that led to Sunday's incident, Chandy said as soon as he received information from his party workers about blockade by CPI-M activists, he clearly directed the police not to take any action against the protesters.
When his comment was sought on the CPI-M's contention that Congress infighting was the reason for the incident, Chandy said, "How could you ask such a question since media had seen all that had happened."
On Vijayan's strong refutation of the LDF's involvement in the incident, Chandy said people of the state would welcome CPI-M's move to shun violence if the party was sincere about it.
Meanwhile, on examination of visuals the police was learnt to have narrowed in on a DYFI activist as one of the persons who had thrown stone at Chandy's vehicle. Some more CPI(M) workers were taken into custody today apart from 17 arrested and remanded on Monday.
Chandy, who has been advised two more days' rest, made it clear that he would go ahead with the mass contract programme visiting all the districts to personally listen to people's grievances and for their speedy redressal.