A district leader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was hacked to death in north Kerala’s Kannur on Monday even as BJP president Amit Shah began his two-day visit to the state to expand party base.
RSS-BJP leaders alleged that the CPI(M) was behind the killing and called for a dawn-to-dusk state hartal on Tuesday.
E Manoj was first waylaid, had a bomb hurled at him and was finally stabbed to death in Kathirur, allegedly by a group of CPI(M) workers.
Another party sympathiser was also seriously injured in the attack.
The deceased, Manoj, was an accused in the attack against CPI(M) district secretary P Jayarajan in 1999.
This is the second political murder in a week. Last week, a BMS (Sangh trade union outfit) worker was hacked to death in a similar fashion. “Dwindling cadre base has forced the CPM to resort to violence. The party has to pay a heavy price for politics of violence,” said senior RSS leader P Gopalan Kutty.
Notorious for bloody clashes between red and saffron forces, tension gripped the area after the murder.
Desperate to get a foothold in the state, the BJP has been trying to placate disgruntled CPI(M) workers in many areas. Recently, several CPI(M) sympathisers moved to the BJP camp, leading to tense situations.
The enmity between two cadre-based outfits dates back to three decades and more than 200 activists from both camps have been killed in violent clashes.