A CPM worker was stabbed to death at Manjeswaram in Kasaragod district on Sunday night.
The police said Aboobacker Sidique, 21, a native of Songal village, was stabbed by bike-borne men when he was returning home. He was declared brought death at a Mangalore hospital.
The police have arrested two people — Ashwith, 36, and Karthik, 32 — said to be BJP workers. While CPM have accused “communal forces” for the murder, state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said the killing should not be politicised. Kasaragod district SP A Srinivas said the arrested persons were BJP workers, but it was early to comment on whether it was a political murder.
Police sources said a dispute over liquor sale at Songal village led to the murder. Both Ashwith and Karthik were allegedly engaged in illegal sale of liquor. Sidique questioned the practise on Sunday night, provoking the accused.