- CPM attacked boy when they couldn't find his father, a party worker: BJP
- Cops deny there was a political angle, instead say it's a family dispute
- Cops say attacker was child's uncle, who happens to be a CPM worker
The child's mother had also recently contested the municipal polls on a BJP ticket.
Top BJP leaders, including recently elected lawmaker O Rajagopal, visited the child at the hospital in Thalassery on Tuesday.
The police, however, denied that there was a political angle to the incident. Police sources said the conflict and the resultant attack was a family issue. The attacker, they said, was the child's uncle - his mother's brother - who also happens to be a CPM worker.
The CPM has distanced itself from the incident.
Kannur, a politically volatile district, is known for violence between the CPM and the BJP and its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS. Over the last decade, more than 40 people have been killed - 19 of them were from the CPM, 17 from the RSS.