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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  1. R
    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
    1. R
      Rajendra Babu
      Oct 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm
      Lets start eradicating RSS the indian equivalent of ISIS
      1. M
        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!!
        1. S
          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.
          1. J
            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!!
            1. B
              Oct 13, 2016 at 7:39 am
              Communism mukt world...
              1. N
                Oct 13, 2016 at 6:20 am
                CPM is a shame to Indian polity.
                1. G
                  Oct 13, 2016 at 7:22 am
                  BJP is also become a Bandh Party. Shame Shame
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