RSS seeks judicial probe into killing of its cadres in Kerala

RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said the people felt so as the violence in Kerala was “state-sponsored”

india Updated: Aug 04, 2017 23:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times,
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh,RSS,CPI(M)
A file photo of RSS workers and members of ABVP protesting against murder of its cadre in Kerala at Mini secretariat, in Gurgaon.(HT Photo)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday demanded an ‘independent judicial inquiry’ into the killings of its workers in Kerala, and slammed the ruling CPI(M) for the present spate of violence against its cadre.

RSS also alleged that political violence had spiked in the state with the return of the CPI(M) at the helm and even chief minister Pinyari Vijayan was an accused in one such case of murder.

The RSS response came after 34-year-old RSS worker was attacked, his hands chopped off and stabbed 84 times in state capital Thiruvananthapuram last Saturday. Finance minister Arun Jaitley is travelling to Kerala on Sunday to meet the family of the victims.

RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said, “The Kerala government should fulfil its constitutional responsibilities and check this political violence. There should be a judicial inquiry by either a judge of High court or the Supreme Court in the murders of RSS workers in the state.

The RSS functionary said his workers were being are targeted as more common and poor people are joining the RSS which is not going well with the ruling CPI(M). “That is why they are killing our workers,” he alleged. “These are not just murders but political killings.”

Replying to a question on the need for imposing the president’s rule in the state, the RSS leader said the people felt so as the violence in Kerala was “state-sponsored”. Hosabale said he was pleased that home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Vijayan after the Saturday murder, and he expected the central government to look into the matter.

“Despite being at the receiving end, the RSS has always tried to get into a dialogue process, at least three times in the past. Each time, they responded by either ridiculing or backstabbing by killing another of our workers,” he added.

First Published: Aug 04, 2017 23:32 IST