Statewide hartal in Kerala today after murder of BJP worker in Kannur

Ramit, a BJP worker, was hacked to death by alleged CPM workers in Pinarayi town of Kannur district

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2016 10:50 am
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A statewide dawn-to-dusk hartal has been called in Kerala by the opposition BJP after the murder of its party worker in Kannur on Wednesday. The initial hours showed a total shutdown in financial nerve-centre Kochi and capital Thiruvananthapuram. The roads were deserted as buses and other public vehicles stayed off. State transport KSRTC buses were also not plying. There were also reports of a shop being set on fire in Kozhikode.

On Wednesday, the BJP alleged that Ramit, a party worker, was hacked to death by CPM workers in Pinarayi town in Kannur district. Police said armed men on bikes stood ready with swords waiting for Ramit to step out of his house. They attacked him in the presence of his mother and sister. Although he was taken to the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries. The attack took place in Dharmadam, the constituency represented by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Ramit’s father Uthaman, a bus driver, was also killed by alleged CPM workers in May, 2002.

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“Kannur has been the epicentre of Marxist violence in Kerala. That such a spiral of violence has been unleashed on people in the native village of the state’s Chief Minister reflects the true motive of the ruling LDF alliance,” said BJP president Amit Shah.

Ramit’s murder was the sixth such incident in Kannur this year alone. The district is known to be politically sensitive and has a history of frequent clashes between Left and BJP/RSS workers, extracting a significant number of casualties on both sides. Ramit’s murder followed the killing of a CPM member Mohanan by an armed gang inside a toddy shop where he was working as a salesman on Monday. The CPM alleged that Mohanan’s murder was carried out by workers loyal to the RSS. That Mohanan’s killing also took place in Dharmadam is likely to be a sore point for the chief minister who has promised better law and order in the state under his administration.

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    Rajendra Babu
    Oct 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm
    In kerala RSS was either unheard of or were kept under leash. every time they over step they are kept in place
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      Rajendra Babu
      Oct 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm
      Lets start eradicating RSS the indian equivalent of ISIS
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        Manikantan
        Oct 13, 2016 at 6:53 am
        haha!!! your party is already dead across the world, so we are going towards CPM MUKT BHARAT!!! JUST BUNK OFF!!
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          Sreenivasan
          Oct 13, 2016 at 6:11 am
          Keralites celebrate Bandh calls given by political parties (LDF, UPA or BJP). They make it g success by opting to stay inside their houses. House wives storm the market on the previous day and procure everything they want for the next day's consumption, especially milk, chicken, beef and fish. Men of the houses cannot think of celebrating without coloured liquor. Those men who consume alcohol during celebrations book their bottle in advance and make sure that they get the delivery in time, by the previous evening of the Bandh day. Women are the happiest, because they get their men at home during day time very rarely.
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            Jaggu
            Oct 13, 2016 at 5:47 am
            I was surprised to see how defence minister parrikar downgraded #operationGinger for political reasons..!! Indian Army went 45Km inside POK, sta for 48 hours inside enemy territory, killed 13 enemy soldiers. It was a major operation which was done by Indian Army. Instead of appreciating the Army for the past valour Parrikar is busy insulting the Army. He said Army was not knowing about it's power prior to 2014 like !! what a shame, the who fought in 1971 and defeated stan!! Who won Kargil War for India..!! Mr.Parrikar, you can do politics of whatever you want, but please don't downgrade our Army glorious past!! they have always been great discipline apolitical organisation..!! Really I feel ashamed to call you Defence Minister!!
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              Baba
              Oct 13, 2016 at 7:39 am
              Communism mukt world...
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                Nazeeruddin
                Oct 13, 2016 at 6:20 am
                CPM is a shame to Indian polity.
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                  Gandji
                  Oct 13, 2016 at 7:22 am
                  BJP is also become a Bandh Party. Shame Shame
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                    PRAVIN S
                    Oct 13, 2016 at 6:46 am
                    RS SS mukt bharat
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                      PRAVIN S
                      Oct 13, 2016 at 6:30 am
                      well cleaning and cleansing of india started from kerala and punjab
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                        Raju
                        Oct 13, 2016 at 8:06 am
                        Violence is defined as “physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing,” and sadly, violence is a part of everyday life. It’s in our movies and television shows, and we live in a world where power is often established through violence. But for Christians, the way of the world is always trumped by the truth of the Word. So what does the Bible say about violence?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;First of all, violence in the mind is just as hurtful as violence by the hands. Leviticus 19:17 says, “Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.” When we know someone is in sin, is it more loving to keep it quiet and build up hate and resentment towards them? God says that we should speak frankly, and Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:21-22 that murderous anger can lead the angry man to judgment from God as quickly as a physical blow. The violence he exhibits toward someone else can be brought back upon himself by God.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What about violence in war? Exodus 20:13 had been incorrectly translated as “do not kill,” but it literally means “do not murder.” God has allowed for just wars throughout the history of His people. From Abraham to Deborah to David, God’s people have fought as instruments of judgment from a righteous and holy God. Romans 13:1-4 tells us to submit ourselves to government authorities and that nations have the right to bear the sword against evildoers, both foreign and domestic. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Violence occurs, but we must recognize the difference between holy judgment on sin and our own personal vendettas against those we dislike, which is the inevitable outcome of pride (Psalm 73:6). While men are more prone to accept violence (especially as cultures depict real men as those who never cry, always have a plan, and carry a gun), the wisest man of all time wrote, “Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways” (Proverbs 3:31). Prayer and patience beats violence and anger on any day.
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                          sajeev
                          Oct 13, 2016 at 6:51 am
                          Your politics has blinded you mate. This article is about a surgical bandh in Kerala.
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                            Naji Vinay
                            Oct 13, 2016 at 5:57 am
                            it is a political terorisum and terrorist using powerful weapons to kill innocent people and here instead weapons using long swords. And it will not going to be end until unless political leaders should be charged and prosecute for supporting criminals
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