There seems to be no end to the political rivalry between CPM and RSS in Kannur, where on Friday another RSS worker was hacked to death.

Choorakkad Biju, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Ramanthali  Mandal Karyavah was killed near Payyannur allegedly by CPM members. Biju, who was riding a motorcycle was knocked by a group of men travelling in a car. The goons then attacked Biju with machetes and hacked him to death on the Palakkot bridge, near Ramanthali. The horrific killing took place at around 4 pm.

BJP district president P. Sathyaprakash told The Hindu that the CPI(M) ‘top’ leadership had plotted the murder. Biju, who is a painter by profession was released on bail last month for his alleged role in the murder of CPM leader C V Dhanaraj last July. The local police believe it to be "a retaliatory murder."

The political rivalry between CPM and RSS in Kannur has claimed over eight lives. The fighting between the two political groups often spills over the streets. Since May, after the CPM came to power, there has been eight killings - five of them have been RSS-BJP workers.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that it will be submitting a memorandum to Governor P. Sathasivam demanding Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act on Kannur. In the meantime, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is holding a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the district and in Mahe on May 13 in protest against the murder. A press release issued by the party district office said that milk supply, newspaper distribution, and other essential services were exempted from the hartal.

Kannur CPM district secretary P Jayarajan told his party condemned the violence and no role whatsoever in Biju’s murder. “CPM has maintained utmost restraint despite several incidents of provocation from BJP-RSS members. We condemn the violence. A detailed probe should be carried out to find the real culprits behind the murder,” the party district secretariat said.

 

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