Toddy tapper, truck driver, saw mill worker: look who are getting killed in Kerala

In Kannur, Ground Zero of the political turf war in Kerala, The Indian Express tracks down the victims of killings over last three years

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Kannur | Updated: August 11, 2017 8:23 am
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Crude Bombs and sharp-edged weapons are the most common weapons used to settle scores in the bloody politics of vendetta between the CPI(M) and BJP-RSS in Kannur, according to Kerala Police statistics over the last three years .But in almost all such cases, there are two other common features. Almost all the victims hail from poor families and, none of the 12 political killings involving the two sides in the district has reached the trial stage.

Oniyan Preman, 45
Affiliation: CPI(M)
Date of murder: February 25, 2015
Location: Chittariparamba, Koothuparamba
The murder: Armed gang hurled bombs and hacked Preman. He sustained serious injuries on both legs, succumbed to injuries next day at Thalassery hospital.
Status of case: Pending trial
Victim: Physically challenged Preman was a toddy tapper.
Suspects: 6 BJP-RSS workers

Vinod N, 36
Affiliation: CPI(M)
Date of murder: April 16, 2015
Location: Arayakool, near Koothuparamba
The murder: Injuries from bomb blast
Status of case: Pending trial
Victim: A former BJP worker who joined CPI(M) five years before he was killed, he was returning home after Vishu celebrations when a bomb was hurled at him.
Suspects: 5 BJP-RSS workers

K V Muhammed Kunhi, 48
Affiliation: Indian Union Muslim League
Date of murder: November 4, 2015
Location: Taliparamba
The murder: Succumbed to head injuries during clashes between CPI(M) and IUML workers.
Status of case: Under investigation
Victim: A local IUML leader
Suspects: Group of CPI(M) workers

P V Sujith, 27
Affiliation: BJP-RSS
Date of murder: February 15, 2016
Location: Aroli, Valapattanam
The murder: A group of armed CPI(M) workers allegedly stormed into Sujith’s house at Papinesseri near midnight and stabbed him to death in front of his aged parents.
Status of case: Under investigation
Victim: An RSS worker
Suspects: Group of CPI(M) workers

P V Raveendran, 47
Affiliation: CPI (M)
Date of murder: May 19, 2016
Location: Kandyanmukku, Pinarayi
The murder: Killed by two bombs hurled at a CPI(M)-led LDF’s poll victory rally, a few metres from the house of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Status of case: Pending trial
Victim: Worker at a local saw mill, his affiliation was limited to attending CPI (M) rallies.
Suspects: Group of BJP workers

C V Dhanaraj, 38
Affiliation: CPI(M)
Date of murder: July 11, 2016
Location: Karanthad
The murder: Armed assailants, who arrived in motorcycles, stormed his house and hacked him to death before his family members.
Status of case: Pending trial
Victim: A popular local leader engaged in the quarry business, according to CPI(M). Had a criminal background and played a role in several crimes against BJP-RSS workers, according to RSS.
Suspects: BJP workers

C K Ramachandran, 46
Affiliation: BJP-RSS
Date of murder: July 17, 2016
Location: Annur
The murder: Within three hours of Dhanraj’s murder, assailants allegedly linked to CPI(M) hurled country bombs at his house, stormed his residence and stabbed him to death before his wife.
Status of case: Pending trial
Victim: A BJP worker, his affiliation was limited to attending party functions and canvassing votes during elections.
Suspects: 8 CPI(M) workers. Read: In Kerala war, how RSS and CPI(M) two sides of the same violent coin. Click here

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M Vineesh, 25
Affiliation: BJP-RSS
Date of murder: September 3, 2016
Location: Thillankeri
The murder: Amid tension in the village following clashes between workers of the CPI(M) and BJP-RSS over a bomb attack on the vehicle of a local DYFI leader, Vineesh’s body was found with his leg cut off and serious wounds to the head on a mud path in Thillankeri at night.
Status of case: Pending trial
Victim: An RSS worker from the village of Valsan Thillankeri, senior leader and spokesperson of RSS in Kerala.
Suspects: 7 CPI(M) workers

K Mohanan, 52
Affiliation: CPI(M)
Date of murder: October 10, 2016
Location: Valankichal
The murder: Mohanan was hacked to death by masked men at a toddy shop in a busy market area in Valankichal near Anjarakkandy in the morning. His body had around 30-40 wounds inflicted by sharp weapons.
Status of case: Pending trial
Victim: A toddy shop worker and a popular political leader in the area with no previous criminal record, he was a branch secretary of the CPI(M).
Suspects: 16 BJP workers. Read | Kerala Killings: In communist bastion, not just war of ideology but race for Hindu vote. Click here

C Remith, 20
Affiliation: BJP-RSS
Date of murder: October 10, 2016
Location: Dharmadam, Pinarayi
The murder: Two days after CPI(M)’s Mohanan was murdered, Remith was stabbed to death allegedly by a group of CPI(M) workers near a petrol pump in Pinarayi, the village of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Status of case: Under investigation
Victim: Remith’s father Uthaman was killed allegedly by CPI(M) workers in 2002. A BJP sympathiser, Remith was a driver who had recently purchased a truck.
Suspects: 8 CPI(M) workers

E Santhosh Kumar, 53
Affiliation: BJP-RSS
Date of murder: January 18, 2017
Location: Andaloor
The murder: Santhosh was hacked to death around 11 pm inside his home. His body had 21 wounds, mostly on the hands and legs, inflicted by sharp-edged weapons.
Status of case: Pending trial
Victim: A BJP worker, Santhosh was the party’s candidate in the previous panchayat elections.
Suspects: 8 CPI(M) workers

C Biju, 32
Affiliation: BJP-RSS
Date of murder: May 12, 2017
Location: Palakkod
The murder: The assailants, allegedly CPI(M) workers, hurled bombs at him and attacked him with swords at Palakkod bridge near Payyannur.
Status of case: Under investigation
Victim: An RSS office-bearer, Biju was killed after he was released on bail in connection with the murder of CPI(M)’s C V Dhanaraj in Karanthad 10 months earlier.
Suspects: 12 CPI(M) workers

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    chandu
    Aug 11, 2017 at 1:29 am
    Most of the govt jobs are given for these political parties, we have seen many instances they dont know even the president i asked one guy who joined kannur jail as somepost when we ask him he cleared psc. he does nt even sit psc exam. he answered me k r narayanan. similarly he does nt know even who is the prime minister and state capital he answered kochi. similarly s tax, ksrtc bus drivers and conductors, cooperative banks and govt financial ins utions are made without conducting tests they encourage them to join people who move with flags in their hands at the young age. these things should stop too.
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      chandu
      Aug 11, 2017 at 1:21 am
      Every govt formed in kerala did nt care much on these injustices. It has risen much because there is no other alternate parties rather than congress and cpm in kerala. They dont have dareness to take away party gramams, different stupas of leaders rather than indian historical leaders, only flags and dings of parties depicting these killings. Governor and supreme court should order strict removal of these party gramams, stupas and flags. These killings will end the same moment. Those who are convicted these murders are freed from jail immediately when their respective govts formed. it should end. They should be allowed to do party programs in stadiums or halls rather than on road. more of the killings are personal then it is made political to settle the scores.
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        chandu
        Aug 11, 2017 at 1:14 am
        If there is no party gramams in kerala, the political killings will end in major
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          Indian
          Aug 10, 2017 at 10:41 am
          Kerala has become one of the worst state since 2005. There is a dramatic increase in Muslim population since 2005 to 2014. Kerala is the state which got most affected by LOVE JIHAD (forceful conversion of Hindu woman to Islam by trapping them by Muslim men). There is also large increase in communist people in Kerala who are responsible for the killings of RSS-BJP workers. We should keep in mind that if there is huge population of Muslims and communist people then that state will never flourish. JAI HIND....
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            Antony
            Aug 10, 2017 at 11:34 am
            really? just google and compare where kerala stands in front of your sanghi ruled north indian bimaru states! you are talking about top state in india with high living standards comparable to europe ! and you sanghis want to convert our state to UP or MP ???
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              Jai hind
              Aug 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm
              The stats above says what the reality .. Both RSS and cpm are equally involved in crime.. that's the reason number of cpm workers who lost life more than. RSs are more. The cry by Jaitley after visiting Kerala was crocodile tears to mislead other Indians .. this is the fact ...RSS. Were killed as a part of retaliation I'm many cases for murdering cpm ... And about Love jihad ....It's a bogus .. central investigation agencies had investigated it thoroughly and declared its jus a bogus created to benefit politically by RSS ..... And blp of kerala is very corrupt too who had been arrested for fake note printing .....Sor dian needs a burnol dibba to heal.ur burnt bottom
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              Rajesh
              Aug 10, 2017 at 10:15 am
              Why don't we hear of communists being killed in other states where RSS is strong? This is because communists tend to be bullies when they are in a position of strength, but like all bullies they tend to be cowards. I salute the RSS cadres as they are the real heroes who fight back in the face of overwhelming odds in a state where the police and administration is totally against them.
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                Antony
                Aug 10, 2017 at 10:33 am
                we cannot hear of communist being killed in BJP ruled states because there are no communist people there ! there are only illiterate brain dead , head filled with gober people like rajesh there who is here to spread communal venom and get paid from RSS IT cell ! In kerala people are literate and knows sanghis divisive communal politics so people retaliate to every terror action of RSS to save our state from destruction
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                  Jai hind
                  Aug 10, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                  True Antony ..... On other states communists are not a threat for RSS in political game .So they don't target them .
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                    Rajesh
                    Aug 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                    Rice bag convert or jihadi paid by saudi arabia wahabis, Antony the camel pi ss drinker is back. Fact remains that CPM can only carry out violent activities when they are supported by the administration and police. Even when they are out of power, the police is dominated by marxist unions in Kerala which tends to side with CPM. In other states, CPM is there but people have rejected them. CPM can only thrive where there is poverty and brainwashed uneducated people like in Kerala. Kerala is one of the most undeveloped state in terms of industrialization with lots of jobless, drunkards whiling away their time smoking marijuana like jihadi troll Antony.
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