KANNUR: A 27-year-old RSS worker was hacked to death in front of his aged parents in Kannur district in poll-bound Kerala, triggering a blame game between BJP and CPM on Tuesday.
While BJP slammed CPM for Monday night’s murder of the RSS worker, Sujit, the Marxist party has denied it, saying it was the fallout of a local incident relating to insulting a girl.
Police said 10 CPM sympathizers have been taken into custody and they are being questioned.
Sujit succumbed to the injuries before reaching hospital late Monday night.
His aged parents and a brother tried to stop the assailants, who stormed into their house at Papinesseri around 11.30pm, and suffered injuries in the process. They have also been hospitalized.
BJP’s Kannur district president Satyaprakash told reporters that CPM was allegedly behind the attack.
He alleged that CPM had decided to whip up violence to get over the embarrassment of the arrest of its party district secretary, P Jayarajan, an accused in the murder of a BJP functionary in 2014, after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected in the case.
BJP is observing ‘hartal’ in Kannur, Papinesseri and Azhikode areas to protest against the killing.
CPM state secretary Kodieryi Balakrishnan said the attack was not political but a purely local issue and had nothing to do with the CPM.
BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, however, said the attack cannot be considered an “isolated'”incident. “In Kannur, the attacks on BJP and RSS are a continuing affair. This is not an isolated incident,” he said.
CPM MP, M B Rajesh, said, “This is not an incident of political violence and CPI-M has nothing to do with it.”
“BJP and RSS have a long list of political violence. According to our information yesterday’s incident is not at all political violence,” he added.
The incident comes after a political calm in Kannur, which frequently witnesses violent clashes between CPM and BJP.
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