In a second political murder in 48 hours, a BJP worker was hacked to death in broad daylight on Wednesday at Pinarayi in Kannur, the home village of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. 


BJP activist Ramith,29, was hacked to death in front of a fuel station at Pinarayi in the morning, in an apparent retaliatory strike allegedly perpetrated by CPM men. Though he was rushed to a hospital at Thalassery, he had succumbed to fatal injuries on his neck and head. BJP alleged that the CPM was behind the murder. 

 

Ramith is the son of Uthaman who got killed by political rivals in 2002. Uthaman was hacked to death allegedly by CPM men while he was travelling in a bus. The assailants stopped the bus and attacked him in broad daylight. Now, his son met with a similar death.


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The murder took place just 400 metres from the house of Pinarayi Vijayan. This is the second political murder taking place in the home village of the Chief Minister in a matter of two days. 

 

The murder of the BJP worker is suspected to be in retaliation for the killing of a CPM worker on Monday. K Mohanan, a toddy shop worker had been brutally murdered by a gang of masked men on Monday afternoon when he was working in the shop. 

 

The recent murder happened when the district was placed on high alert following the spurt of violence after Monday's incident. The police had slapped prohibitory orders in the locality. A BJP delegation, led by O Rajagopal MLA was visiting the houses of BJP workers destroyed in political violence in Koothuparamba in Kannur when the attack took place.

 

  With the murder of Mohanan on Monday, the number of political killings in the home district of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan rose to seven since he assumed power in May this year. The BJP had taken the campaign against the violence in Kannur to the national level by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah referring to it during the recently concluded national conclave at Kozhikode.