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CPM worker stabbed to death in Kerala, RSS denies involvement

Police said four motorcycle-borne people waylaid and stabbed Abubaker Siddique while he was returning to his home in Uppala.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2018 15:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
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CPI(M) worker Abubaker Siddique succumbed to knife wounds soon after being admitted to a Mangaluru hospital.(Pic for representational purposes only)

A CPI(M) worker was stabbed to death in north Kerala’s Kasaragod district on Sunday night, triggering tension in the area.

Police said four motorcycle-borne people waylaid and stabbed Abubaker Siddique while he was returning to his home in Uppala. He succumbed to his injuries soon after being rushed to a hospital in nearby Mangaluru.

Although the CPI(M) district leadership has blamed the RSS for the attack, the latter denied responsibility. The ruling party has called for a shutdown in Mancheswaram taluk on Monday to protest the murder.

Police said they have identified four suspects, and a hunt has been launched to arrest them. “The RSS is trying to vitiate peace in the area. Its cadres are provoking our party workers,” said CPI(M) district secretary M V Balakrishnan.

District police superintendent Dr A Sreenivas said a strict vigil is being kept over the area.

The enmity between the two cadre-based parties in north Kerala dates back to over three decades, and at least 300 people from both camps have been killed in retaliatory attacks.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 13:56 IST