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Arun Jaitley Meets Kin of Murdered RSS Worker; Visit us Too, Says CPM

A series of clashes between the ruling CPI(M) and BJP-RSS activists had rocked Thiruvanathauram last week, which culminated in the killing of 34-year-old Rajesh. He was hacked to death by a gang, allegedly led by a history-sheeter, on July 29.

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Updated:August 6, 2017, 2:14 PM IST
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Thiruvananthapuram: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday met the family members of RSS worker Rajesh whose killing last week had triggered another round of political blame game in the state.

During the visit to Rajesh’s house in Sreekaryam, Jaitely spoke with the three-year old son of Rajesh and his aged parents.

State BJP leaders, including president Kummanam Rajasekharan, accompanied the Union finance minister. They explained to Jaitely the concern expressed by family members.

A series of clashes between the ruling CPI(M) and BJP-RSS activists had rocked Thiruvanathauram last week, which culminated in the killing of 34-year-old Rajesh. He was hacked to death by a gang, allegedly led by a history-sheeter, on July 29. His left hand was chopped off and there were several other injuries all over his body.

The BJP had alleged that CPI(M) was behind the murder, a charge denied by the ruling party.

Addressing state unit leaders after meeting Rajesh’s family, Jaitley said, “He belonged to the weaker sections of the society. His family now has no means to earn money. Around 80 wounds were inflicted on his body. It’s being said that some people from the rival party were involved.”

Earlier, Jaitley arrived here by a special aircraft for an on-the-spot account of the political situation. He was also likely to submit a report to the Central government, PTI quoted BJP sources as saying.

State Governor P Sathasivam had on July 30 summoned Chief Minister Vijayan and state police chief Loknath Behra to ascertain the action taken in the backdrop of the murder of Rajesh and other violent incidents. They had apprised him of the arrests made in the murder case.

The CPI-M alleged that RSS-BJP was spreading a false propaganda on political violence.

To counter the BJP, the CPI-M on Sunday organised a dharna of relatives of 21 party workers allegedly killed by RSS-BJP activists in the district and demanded Jaitley visit them too.

CPI-M state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that political violence had increased in the state after the visit of BJP President Amit Shah in early June. The BJP was implementing "Amit Shah's plan" in the state by allegedly attacking party strongholds, Balakrishnan charged.

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