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Political Violence Unacceptable, Rajnath Singh Tells Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan After RSS Worker's Killing

In a telephonic conversation, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that he expects the “political violence” in Kerala to be curbed and the perpetrators to be brought to justice expeditiously.


Updated:July 30, 2017, 11:46 PM IST
Political Violence Unacceptable, Rajnath Singh Tells Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan After RSS Worker's Killing
File photo of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. (PTI)

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over phone on Sunday and voiced concern over attacks on political workers in Kerala.

The phone call comes a day after an RSS worker was hacked to death in Sreekariyam area of state capital. The state unit of the BJP blamed the ruling CPI(M), which denied the allegations.

"I have expressed my concern over the law and order situation in the state of Kerala. Political violence is unacceptable in a democracy," Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.

The Home Minister said he expects that the political violence in Kerala is curbed and the perpetrators are brought to justice expeditiously.

Eight people have been taken in police custody since the killing of 34-year-old Rajesh on Saturday night. His left hand was chopped off in the attack.

BJP state president Kummanem Rajasekheran, who visited the hospital, said the attack was “state-sponsored violence” and blamed the CPI(M).

"The CPI-M led government has become a mute witness to the violence going on in the state capital district. Even our state party headquarters was attacked. But we exercised restraint,” Rajasekheran said.

"But now, we are left with no other option but to call for a statewide shutdown tomorrow (Sunday) to protest the killing (of Rajesh). The state government has not even called for a peace talk to resolve issues," he said.

Police had clamped prohibitory orders for three days on Friday after BJP's Kerala unit office here was vandalised and the house of CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Bineesh Kodiyeri was attacked.

| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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