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Kerala tense as BJP calls bandh against RSS worker’s killing, Rajnath takes stock

The BJP has blamed the ruling CPI(M) supporters for the murder of E Rajesh, a charge denied by the Left party.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2017 13:17 IST
Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
The BJP has called a statewide strike over the murder of an RSS worker in Thiruvananthapuram’s Sreekaryam.
The BJP has called a statewide strike over the murder of an RSS worker in Thiruvananthapuram’s Sreekaryam.(ANI Photo/Twitter)

Several parts of Kerala were tense on Sunday where the BJP has called a shutdown to protest against the killing of a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) worker, who was allegedly stabbed by CPI(M) workers a day earlier.

E Rajesh, 34, was stabbed 40 times and his left hand chopped off by a group of men at around 9pm on Saturday. He died in a city hospital.

The murder is the latest in the fresh round of violence between the RSS, the ideological parent of the BJP, and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) supporters.

Two days ago BJP’s state office in the city and the house of CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’ son were vandalised.

BJP state chief Kummanam Rajasekharan sought immediate intervention of the Centre, where the party is in power, but the ruling CPI (M) denied its cadre were involved in the murder.

“The ruling CPI(M) can’t get away with these killings. It is nothing but state-sponsored terrorism,” said Rajasekharan. CPI(M) district secretary A Nagappan blamed personal rivalry for the killing.

The assailants had been identified and would be arrested soon,

Thiruvananthapuram range inspector general of police Manoj Abraham said.

Police were keeping a close watch on trouble-torn Kannur district, notorious for the clashes between the two sides.

The Opposition Congress has asked chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to call a peace meeting to end the recurring cycle of violence.

Clashes between the BJP and the CPI (M) are on the rise as the RSS makes inroads in the southern state where politics has been dominated by the Left parties.

The BJP managed to bag its first assembly seat – Nemom, a Thiruvananthapuram suburb -- during last year’s state election.

The violence that was once limited to the north is now spreading to others parts of the state, including the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram in the south.


First Published: Jul 30, 2017 09:04 IST