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RSS Man Hacked to Death in Kerala; BJP Blames CPM, Calls for Bandh Today

The Kerala unit of the BJP has accused the CPI(M) of "state-sponsored violence", a charge denied by the Left party.

Neethu Reghukumar | CNN-News18

Updated:July 30, 2017, 3:36 PM IST
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RSS Man Hacked to Death in Kerala; BJP Blames CPM, Calls for Bandh Today
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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala unit of the BJP has called for a state-wide bandh on Sunday to protest the killing of an RSS worker for which eight people have been taken into custody.

The 34-year-old victim, identified as Rajesh, was attacked by a gang on Saturday night in Sreekariyam area of the city. His left hand was chopped off by the assailants, who, the BJP alleged, have links to the CPI(M). Rajesh was rushed to KMS Hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Eight persons have been taken into custody and the police say they are on the look-out for three others.

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.

The CPI (M) has denied allegations of them being behind the attack and have claimed that it was a incident that took place due to personal rivalry.

“The probe shows that this was not a political killing. Those in custody are from various political outfits. Personal rivalry is the real reason. BJP is trying to create a law and order situation by blaming the CPI(M) and calling a state-wide bandh,” said CPIM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

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.

Earlier, 10 people, including four from the student and youth wings of CPI(M), had been arrested in connection with the violence in the city.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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