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Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu condemns political killings in Kerala

Kannur in north Kerala is notorious for recurring politically revengeful killings and clashes between activists of the Left and saffron outfits, with more than 200 such murders taking place in the last 30 years.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2018 23:18 IST
Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
Vice-President,Venkaiah Naidu,Political Killings
Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu being received by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on his arrival in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. (PTI)

Condemning the recurring political killings in north Kerala, vice-president Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday asked parties to sort out issues ideologically and appealed to people to isolate perpetrators of violence.

“It is natural to have differences. But you should sort them out through discussions and debates. We can sort them out ideologically, not through violent means,” Naidu told a gathering at a book release in Kozhikode, without naming any party.

Kannur in north Kerala is notorious for recurring politically revengeful killings and clashes between activists of the Left and saffron outfits, with more than 200 such murders taking place in the last 30 years.

Naidu’s comments come in the backdrop of the recent murder of a Youth Congress activist M Shuhaib in Mattanoor. He was allegedly attacked by a group of CPI(M) workers on Monday, weeks after the student wings of the two outfits clashed.

The vice-president, who released a book written by BJP leader P S Sreedharan Pillai, observed that violence and development cannot go together and parties should take initiatives to end bloodshed.

“Violence is no answer to any problem. It will destroy the social fabric and affects development of the area. It is time to put a full stop to violence in the state,” he said, appealing people to isolate forces that perpetrate violence.

Meanwhile, father of Shuhaib, M P Muhamed, a Gulf-returnee, sought a CBI probe into his son’s murder. “We have lost faith in the police. Five days have passed since the brutal murder took place, but the police are yet to contact me. It seems they are trying to shield the real culprits,” he said.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 15:25 IST