A 27-year-old RSS worker was hacked to death in front of his aged parents in Kannur district in poll-bound Kerala, triggering a blame game today between the BJP and CPI-M.
While BJP slammed CPI-M for last night’s murder of the RSS worker, Sujit, the marxist party has denied it, saying it was the fallout of a local incident relating to insulting a girl.
Police said 10 CPI-M sympathisers have been taken into custody and they are being questioned.
Sujit succumbed to the injuries before reaching hospital late last night.
His aged parents and a brother tried to stop the assailants, who stormed into their house at Papinesseri around 11.30 PM last night, and suffered injuries in the process.
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They have also been hospitalised.
BJP’s Kannur District President Satyaprakash told reporters that CPI-M was allegedly behind the attack.
He alleged that CPI-M had decided to whip up violence to get over the embarrassment of the arrest of its party district secretary, P Jayarajan, an accused in the murder of a BJP functionary in 2014, after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected in the case.
BJP is observing ‘hartal’ in Kannur, Papinesseri and Azhikode areas to protest against the killing.
CPI-M State Secretary Kodieryi Balakrishnan said the attack was not political and was a purely local issue and had nothing to do with the CPI-M.
BJP state President Kummanam Rajasekharan, however, said the attack cannot be considered an ‘isolated’ incident.
“In Kannur, the attacks on BJP and RSS are a continuing affair. This is not an isolated incident,” he said.
CPI-M MP, M B Rajesh, said, “this is not an incident of political violence and CPI-M has nothing to do with it.”
“BJP and RSS have a long list of political violence. According to our information yesterday’s incident is not at all political violence,” he added.
The incident comes after a political calm in Kannur, which frequently witnesses violent clashes between CPI-M and BJP.
On December 1, 1999, K P Jayakrishnan Master, a BJP leader was hacked to death, allegedly by CPI-M workers, in front of his students while he was taking class.