RSS member hacked to death in Kerala's Thrissur; BJP alleges CPI(M) role

RSS member hacked to death in Kerala's Thrissur; BJP alleges CPI(M) role

RSS member hacked to death in Kerala's Thrissur; BJP alleges CPI(M) role

Though Anandan was taken to private hospital in an ambulance, his life could not be saved.

The 23-year-old Anandan, who was riding a motorcycle, had been knocked down by a vehicle carrying his attackers and then hacked to death on November 12. In his mid-twenties, Anand was an accused in the murder case of Faisal, a Communist Party of India (Marxist) worker and was out on bail. According to the police, his murder can be an act of revenge.

The BJP called for a "hartal" (strike) on Monday at the temple town of Guruvayur and Manaloor in protest. The BJP alleged that as many as 120 of its workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in Kerala since 2001. This is the first political murder recorded in Guruvayur where Seva Bharathi held a two day meeting over the weekend.

However, last month BJP had claimed CPM worker behind the attack on BJP RSS workers. "The CPI (M), which is scared of the BJP's growth in the district, is trying to destroy the party by unleashing violence", said Nagesh, the Thrissur district unit head of the BJP speaking to The Hindu.

Gopalakrishnan accused Sadanandan, secretary of the CPI (M)'s local committee in Brahmakulam near Guruvayur, of having direct link with the murder. CPI (M) responded by organising a Jana Jagratha Yatra on October 21.

With CPI (M) activists and BJP-RSS workers regularly clashing with each other, incidents of political violence escalated in Kerala.

"We have identified that the three-member gang that killed Anandan was led by Fasil's brother Faisal. Today's incident proves that the police had failed to do their duty", said a district RSS leader in Thrissur. BJP national president Amit Shah was also among leaders who took part in the march. The ABVP had held a "Kerala Chalo" Maha rally in Thiruvananthapuram with the slogan "Marxism is Terror" on Saturday.

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