BJP worker hacked to death in Kerala, hartal in state today
A 25-year-old BJP worker was on Wednesday hacked to death allegedly by CPI(M) activists in the home town of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the politically sensitive Kannur district, less than 48 hours after the murder of a Marxist member.
The murder of the worker identified as Remith at Pinarayi sparked a slugfest between the CPI(M), which is heading the ruling LDF, and the BJP.
Protesting against the murder, the BJP has called for a state-wide 12-hour hartal from 6 am on Thursday.
Remith, who suffered severe injuries on his head and neck in the attack that happened at 10.30 am, died on the way to hospital, Police said. He was standing near a petrol pump when he was attacked, sending shock waves in the state.
"It looks like a political murder. The situation is now under control. Patrolling is on and efforts are on to keep things calm," IGP(Northern Range) Dinendra Kashyap said.
Condemning the killing, BJP National president Amit Shah tweeted, "Attacks on BJP karyakartas in CM Pinarayi Vijayan's home constituency is a matter of grave concern and smacks of political vendetta".
"Chavassery Uttaman, Remith's father was similarly killed in 2002, his mother suffered serious injures when his house was attacked recently," Shah tweeted.
Vijayan, for his part, lashed out at RSS for the growing violence in the state which he alleged was with the support of BJP government at the Centre.
Speaking at a function in Alapuzha, Vijayan hit out at RSS and BJP over the attack on a Marxist worker in Kannur two days ago and accused RSS of spreading violence in the state.
"The attacks by RSS activists are increasing in the state. They are now showing more tendency of violence with the support of BJP government at the Centre. They are committing murders and spreading lies and misunderstanding among people."