Two violent deaths have rocked Kerala in the last 24 hours followed by attacks on the houses and party offices of the CPI (M) and the Bharatiya Janata Party at many places in the state.
In Kasaragod, CPI (M) activist C Narayanan was stabbed to death by two men allegedly belonging to the BJP. The police have taken two BJP workers into custody in connection with the murder which is reckoned as a sequel to the prevailing tension at Kodombeloor in Kasaragod district.
The district on Saturday observed a 12-hour shutdown called by the CPI (M) to protest the murder.
In Thrissur, BJP worker Abhilash was hacked to death allegedly by CPI (M) men. Subsequently, two CPI (M) activist have been taken into police custody. BJP-RSS activists also observed a strike in Pudukkad Assembly constituency and Kodakara panchayat in Thrissur district today.
As the news of the two murders spread, offices of CPI (M) and RSS were attacked at Azhikode in Kannur and Thodupuzha in Idukki.
At Azhikode, a total of 15 houses belonging to CPI (M) and RSS workers and two CPI (M) offices came under attack in the early hours of Saturday. In Thodupuzha, two RSS workers were stabbed, allegedly by CPI (M) men. Subsequently, a CPI (M) office was attacked.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala termed the violence “pre-planned” and said there were deliberate attempts from both the parties to unleash violence in the state.
“All of a sudden there were two killings yesterday. I doubt a planned motive behind these murders,” Chennithala said.
Condemning political violence during Onam celebrations, he said the “police will strongly deal with such planned killings perpetrated by both CPI(M) and BJP. No one will be allowed to take law into their own hands. No one can expect any favour from the government. The culprits will be brought to justice”.
CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, meanwhile, said the BJP was targeting CPI (M) workers with the tacit support of the Congress government. Twenty-eight CPI (M) workers have been killed in the last four years under the Congress regime in Kerala. Of them, RSS-BJP workers were involved in 17 incidents.
“The Congress has a secret deal with the RSS to annihilate CPI (M) workers,” Balakrishnan added.
(With PTI inputs)