Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram witnessed political violence once again after an RSS activist was brutally attacked by sword-wielding assailants late on Saturday night.

RSS Karyavah Rajesh was stabbed several times after both his hands & legs were chopped off at around 9 pm. The incident occurred at Edavacode near Sreekaryam.

BJP state president Kumanam Rajasekharan alleged that the CPI-M was behind the attack, a charge denied by the CPI(M)’s Thiruvananthapuram district secretary Anavoor Nagappan.

Rajesh was returning from a 'shakha' meeting. He was coming out of a shop at Kallampally after buying milk when he was allegedly surrounded by CPI(M) party members who attacked him with sharp weapons.

He was first rushed to the Government Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram and later shifted to KIMS. However, he succumbed to his injuries.

The BJP has called for a state-wide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Sunday, July 30, the state BJP chief Kummanam said. He also said that the party would discuss the matter with the Prime Minister and the National Human Rights Commission.

The New Indian Express quoted CPI(M)party district secretary Aanavoor Nagappan saying, “CPM has no connection with the attack on the RSS activist at Edavacode." 

Police are maintaining a strict vigil and clamped prohibitory orders for three days from 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.

The police have taken three people into custody over Rajesh’s death on Sunday, July 30.