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RSS worker killing in Kannur: Everything that has happened so far

The incident has triggered a fresh bout of heated-argument between CPI(M) and the BJP, with the latter demanding the imposition of the controversial AFSPA in the volatile district.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2017 10:41 pm
 kerala, kerala political killing, rss worker killed, kannur violence, payyanur, payyanur killing, kannur, cpi(m), cpm-rss, left, bjp, amit shah, pinarayi vijayan, kerala news, indian express Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

With a tense situation prevailing in Kannur district following the killing of an RSS activist, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Tuesday insisted that his party will not protect its cadres if they are found guilty in the latest gruesome incident. “The marxist party’s effort is to maintain peace in Kannur. At different levels, over five peace meetings have been held,” he told reporters.

Choorakad Biju, a 26-year-old RSS functionary, was hacked to death allegedly by CPI(M) workers at Payyanur town last week. He was also an accused in the murder case of CPI(M) activist CV Dhanraj. He was out on bail. This was the first incident of political violence since January’s “peace talks” between the leaders of the ruling CPI(M) and BJP-RSS in the politically sensitive Kannur district.

The incident has triggered a fresh bout of heated-argument between both the parties, prompting strong reaction from BJP, which even demanded the imposition of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in the volatile district. Kannur has witnessed a series of violent clashes between the activists of the CPI(M) and BJP-RSS over the last one year. Two CPI(M) workers have been arrested in connection to the case for their alleged role in the killing.

Amit Shah accuses CPI(M) of thwarting BJP’s growth through violence

Condemning the killing of an RSS worker, BJP national president Amit Shah earlier in the day accused the CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala of trying to stop the growth of the saffron party through the means of violence. “If the government fails to check the political violence, the BJP along with the Sangh Parivar will lead a very big agitation with people of Kerala,” Shah said in Kochi while alleging that it was not possible that so many attacks could have taken place without the backing of the local administration and government.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan warns action against Kerala BJP chief for spreading false reports 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that a case would be lodged against BJP state chief Kummanom Rajasekharan, if necessary, for allegedly “spreading false reports” in connection with the killing of the RSS worker in Kannur. His comments came after Rajasekharan via a Facebook post showed “celebrations by CPI(M) workers over the killing of Biju.” Vijayan said that the BJP leader should explain where the celebration took place. “It is incorrect and illegal. Case would be registered if necessary after examining all aspects”, Vijayan said. The chief minister stated that police acted quickly to prevent occurrence of any violence in the area and that two persons have been taken into custody regarding the incident.

LDF, UDF come together to oppose BJP demand for AFSPA

The Kerala assembly witnessed the coming together of LDF and UDF members in opposing state BJP’s demand for the imposition of AFSPA in Kannur district over the killing of the RSS worker. Both alliances also criticised the outburst of BJP state leader Shoba Surendran against Governor P Sathasivam. She had remarked that the governor should step down if he is “afraid” of the Kerala chief minister. Responding to this charge, Vijayan said the saffron party was trying to ensure the Centre’s intervention by threatening the governor. While opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala disapproved of the BJP’s demand for AFSPA, Vijayan said there was no situation in the state that warranted the imposition of the act. He also shed light on the alleged “excesses of the army under the cover of AFSPA, where the act was in force.”

With PTI inputs 

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  1. Shajan Kallingal
    May 17, 2017 at 7:36 am
    One Sangi spoted here with fake name
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    1. Abhay Singh
      May 17, 2017 at 10:53 am
      sanghi is always better than commy terrorist traitor like u...........
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      secure
      May 17, 2017 at 12:25 am
      We want to hear such good news every day, Kerala should be free fromRSS goons tonprevail peq ebon the state. Wel done Comrade.
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        Jesus
        May 17, 2017 at 2:18 am
        OH god this is good news? Shame on you. Christians like you are devilish and bad omen to our Christian church in India. How can you celebrate the death of a human being? Just because he was not a Christian? Shame on you.
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        1. Abhay Singh
          May 17, 2017 at 10:52 am
          from son of hitler & mohammed we can expect this........ u r biggest danger 2 nation chienese bootlicker commy........ don't worry u r 11 at present next time it will be 0 including kerala.......... commy r biggest murderer of huaminty from USSR to china to poland to west bengal to kerala..........
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          Anad
          May 16, 2017 at 11:46 pm
          Kerala is fast becoming the haven for all criminals and goons in the garb of communists. The CM is a criminal background with his place pinarayi notorious for political murders and goondaism. Political opponents are systematically eliminated by CPM goons with tacit support of the police specially appointed by party boss Kodiyeri .Policemen are informers and police stations are converted into party office at night. If BJP leadership delay the AFSPA or deployement of Central forces , then there will be more blood flowing in the district e what may BJP should deploy CRPF in kannur dist and give strict orders to shoot all trouble shooters. With next election commies will disappear from entire india
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            secure
            May 17, 2017 at 12:27 am
            Kerala CM is not the top criminal of the world, unlike Narender Modi he is top criminal of the world.
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              Jesus
              May 17, 2017 at 2:19 am
              You should be caught and tried for spreading hatred.
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              Jesus
              May 17, 2017 at 2:26 am
              In Kerala state sponsored kiIIING of Hindus is happening. This has to stop. BJP should go to President and ask for state government to be removed. Enough of this state sponsored hatred against Hindus by Kerala state government.
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              Dash
              May 16, 2017 at 11:05 pm
              334 days of Pinarayi’s Communist governance in Kerala - 294 murders so far, including 89 women and 36 children. Commies are kil Hindus for the continuation of their hold on power. Tje mesaage is clear-convert to christianity or islam,live as dhinmis or get killed. Shame on the commie basstaardds.
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                pradeep
                May 16, 2017 at 11:34 pm
                Dash this is an utter lie . Its true and unfortunate that people have lost lives in Kannur district in political conflict . Both Sang and the CPIM should hold restraint to prevent such kil s . Around 8 RSS workers 5 CPIM workers have lost life after the left gvt came to power .Apart from that two muslims , one convert and one madrassa teacher was brutally murdered by RSS cadres. Sang is trying the same pattern it has tries through out india of creating enmity between people by spreading the lies . This is spearheaded by the BJP state president and former VHP guy mr Kummanam Rajesekharan . We as a state in kerala has achieved a lot socially and economically . Hindus , Dalits , Musilms and christians live happily here . Please dont disturb the peace .
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                  Tushar
                  May 16, 2017 at 11:52 pm
                  Well said pradeeep ... We are living in the most harmonious state n the country ..BJP is frustrated jus because they are not able to work their hatred communal agenda on this soil . Every time they tried sensible people realized it and kept them away .. Party workers from each side are equally murdered .. MR dash the kil is political .Don't add communal ma into it ..
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                    Jesus
                    May 17, 2017 at 2:24 am
                    Pradeep and Tushar please stop your encouragement of criminal activities by Christians and blaming and spreading hatred against Hindus. Remember if Hindus backlash we will see Godhra just like from 1947 till 2001 every year Godhra riots happened but in 2002 the Hindus reacted for burning of 60 Hindu pilgrims by Muslims. So let's not push the Hindus in the name of Jesus. CPM is spreading hatred and so is Congress in Kerala against the Hindus through people like you since you are in power. Imagine if BJP really want to spread its Hindu agenda. Do you think then Christians like you and Muslims would have grown five to 10 times? So stop being communal Christians and let's spread love and brotherhood. RSS kiIIIng by State of Kerala has to stop else we will see backlash. Let's not become communal as a Christian church.
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                    1. Deepak Sharma
                      May 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm
                      Pradeep u r living in fool's paradise, half of ISIS recruits last year were from kerela &majority from riot free south india only, why it is happening, then? why south has becm a breeding ground for wahhabis and extremist muslims who wants caliphate in India?few years back even illegal sharia courts were running in kerela & TN, & like d chopping of hands of d kerelan teacher for blashphemy, wahhabism is rapidly growing thr funded through petro-dollars. I work in TN & my frnd told me 10 years back his chritian neighbours used to celebrate pongal but now they don't and many abrahmics r culturally alienating from us. U can see more burkas in south than north.Hindus r converted in masses by hook or crook through multi-million evangelism. But u r ing in ur intellectual dream of peace and social equallity when ground reallity is very different. Please awake from ur dream & move ur lazy es & think how to curb abrahmic extremism othawise situation in WB&kerela will bcm more grave
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