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Kerala: Gang war between two rival factions in Congress claims life, one arrested

A C Haneefa, 40, a local Congress leader at Chavakkad in Thrissur, was hacked to death on Friday night.

Police on Saturday arrested Shameer, a local Congress leader who belongs to the ‘I’ group in the party. Shameer had been allegedly involved in criminal cases in the past.

Congress state president V M Sudheeran said a party sub-committee would look into the alleged group rivalry behind the murder.

The gang war between rival groups in Congress in Kerala’s Thrissur district has claimed the life of local party leader.

A C Haneefa, 40, a local Congress leader at Chavakkad in Thrissur, was hacked to death on Friday night. A six-member criminal gang stormed into his house without any provocation and brutally attacked him in the presence of his mother, wife and three children. Haneefa belongs to A group in Congress.

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Police said rivalry has been prevailing among the local leaders of A and I groups in the party in the region. There had been two incidents of attacks on local party leaders in the recent past. In one such attack, Haneefa’s nephew was targeted.

A section of Congress leaders alleged that police were not prompt in taking action against ‘I’ group leaders who had attacked the ‘A’ group men. Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala is the I group leader while Chief Minister Oommen Chandy manages A group.

In 2013, two youth Congress leaders in Thrissur district had been murdered within less than three months of each other. Those both killings were allegedly committed by gangs, which enjoyed political patronage. In August that year Lalji Kollannur, 39, Thrissur district convener of the Congress minority cell, was hacked to death. He was the elder brother of a Youth Congress president for a mandalam (a panchayat-level body).

The younger brother, Premji Kollannur, was involved in the murder of local Congress leader Eacharthu Madhu, 44, who had hacked to death in June that year, again by a supari gang. The way the two men were killed was similar, with both left with deep gashes only on their heads. Police had found that Lalji was murdered in retaliation to Madhu’s killing.

In May, this year, a session’s court in Thrissur had convicted six persons including Premji Kollannur in connection with the murder of Eacharath Madhu.

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