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RSS worker's killing: Kerala guv asks CM to take action

A day after an RSS worker was hacked to death in Kannur, Governor P Sathasivam on Saturday asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to take immediate action to end incidents of political violence.

Terming Friday's incident as "very unfortunate", Vijayan said the government would take steps to bring before law those responsible for the killing of 26-year-old Choorakad Biju at Payyanur in the politically volatile district.

"Concerned persons have to be cautious to see that the situation is not turning worse. The government will make all efforts to bring the guilty before law," he told reporters at Kannur.

Slamming the government, BJP state president Kummanom Rajasekharan described the killing as "brutality" and alleged that CPI(M) workers were behind it.

Vijayan said every one should see the incident as an isolated one and ensure that it does not become a hurdle for peace efforts in Kannur district.

Meanwhile, a dawn-to-dusk hartal called by BJP in Kannur and nearby Mahe to protest the killing was "near total" and passed off without any untoward incident with police maintaining tight vigil, police sources said.
Shops and business establishment remained closed and vehicles kept off the road.

The slain RSS worker was an accused in a case relating to the killing of CPI(M) activist C V Dhanraj in 2016.

Police said a case was registered today against seven "identifiable" persons in connection with his killing.

Earlier in the day, a three-member BJP delegation met the governor at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvanathapuram and submitted a petition, seeking action on the killing of the RSS functionary.

The delegation was led by former union minister and MLA O Rajagopal.

A Raj Bhavan statement said the governor forwarded the petition to the chief minister, asking him to take "immediate necessary action to put a curb on such
disturbing incidents."
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