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Kerala CM holds meeting to find ways to check Kannur bloodshed

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a high-level meeting with state BJP leaders on Monday in Thiruvananthapuram amid a spate of political killings in north Kerala’s Kannur to explore ways to bring peace in the trouble-torn district.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2017 20:12 IST
Ramesh Babu
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Police keep a vigil after violence in Kannur, India.(HT Photo)

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a high-level meeting with state BJP leaders on Monday in Thiruvananthapuram amid a spate of political killings in north Kerala’s Kannur to explore ways to bring peace in the trouble-torn district.

The CM was forced to intervene after the district-level peace meetings failed to yield any result and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made it a national issue. Taking the peace initiative further, an all-party meeting will be held in Kannur on Tuesday.

BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan and CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan were among the prominent leaders who attended the meeting.

Notorious for clashes between the red and the saffron camps, eight workers belonging to both the camps have been killed in Kannur since the LDF government came to power in May last year.

Last week, a BJP delegation from the state met Union home minister Rajnath Singh complaining that the police force was ineffective and CPI(M) cadres were indulging in state-sponsored violence to hurt the party in the state.

Leaders of both parties later said they would do everything possible to end violence and disown workers who often indulge in retaliatory attacks. The government assured that police will be given a free hand to tackle violence.

The CM was in Delhi last month and forced to cut short his visit after RSS-BJP workers threatened to lay a siege to the Kerala House in Jantar Mantar where he was staying.

Among the eight political murders in the last eight months, four took place in CM’s own constituency Dharmadam. C Santhosh, a 52-year-old BJP worker, was the last to get killed in the three-decade-long bloody saga that has claimed more than 300 lives in the district.

In the politically volatile district, only a spark is enough to trigger violence and often a missing flag or some comments against the party is enough to lead to a full-fledged bout.

A drive through the hinterland of Kannur, famous for ancient martial art form Kalaripayattu, one can see people with various levels of injuries - a man with a missing palm, a youth with a severed leg and another with deep gashes all over his body.

Some of them are victims of politics intolerance and others self-inflicted to guard their territories ferociously. Maimed and crippled survivors call the dead lucky here.