A 20-year-old BJP worker was hacked to death in north Kerala’s Thrissur on Sunday night by a group of alleged CPI(M) workers, the latest in a spate of recent political killings in the state.
The BJP has called a day-long bandh in the district on Monday to protest against the latest killing.
Police say BJP worker Nirmal was stabbed during a temple festival on the outskirts of the city. He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Another worker was also injured in the attack.
The BJP alleged the attackers were members of the ruling CPI(M) but the left party disowned the killing, saying “a personal issue” resulted in the clash.
The latest murder surfaced barely a month after the killing of three BJP workers, one in trouble-torn Kannur and two in Palakkad. C Sathosh (52) was killed in chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s constituency in January.
Last week, a BJP team from the state had visited Union home minister Rajnath Singh complaining that the state police force was ineffective and the CPI(M) was indulging in state-sponsored violence.
This came after the Kannur district -- notorious for red-saffron clashes -- witnessed eight political murders in the last eight months, four in chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s constituency of Dharmadam.