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Kerala: Two RSS workers arrested in SDPI leader KS Shaan’s murder case

KS Shaan, the state secretary of the Social Democratic Party of India in Kerala, died after he was allegedly attacked by an unidentified gang in Alappuzha on Saturday.

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Alappuzha, First Published Dec 20, 2021, 12:34 PM IST
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Two RSS workers have been arrested, in connection with the alleged murder of SDPI leader KS Shaan in Kerala's Alappuzha district, after Kerala Police had sounded alert in Alappuzha district and placed prohibitory orders after the back-to-back killings in less than 12 hours since the Saturday evening.

Kerala Police said, “Two RSS workers have been arrested in connection with the alleged murder of SDPI leader KS Shaan in Alappuzha. They were involved in the planning and conspiracy. We have substantial leads and will identify the culprits soon.”

The two hacked to death were - the first of a Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) activist and the second of the state secretary of the BJP’s Other Backward Classes outfit, OBC Morcha. The Intelligence wing of the Kerala Police Department had warned the State Government many times in the last three months about an explosive situation in some strongholds of various organisations where political rivalry has assumed a communal tone.

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The Intelligence reports had sounded that there were high chances of tension between the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) — BJP's ideological patron — and the SDPI in the districts of Palakkad, Thrissur, Kannur, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram.

KS Shaan was on his way back home when a car rammed into his bike. He fell to the ground and was then hacked by a group of miscreants. He sustained over forty injuries, it has been learnt. KS Shan was shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Kochi where he succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.

According to reports, Muslim outfits like SDPI and Hindu organisations like BJP-Sangh Parivar are active in a few pockets of the district. Vayalar in Cherthala taluk is one of the strongholds of both groups. The killing of an RSS worker in the area in February this year is said to be the reason for the attack on SDPI state secretary KS Shan at Mannanchery on Saturday night.

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