BJP worker hacked to death in Kerala; hartal in Kannur today

A BJP worker was found hacked to death in Kerala which has been witnessing increased political clashes between activists of the state's ruling CPI-M and activists of the right-wing groups.

Updated: Sep 04, 2016, 09:30 AM IST
BJP worker hacked to death in Kerala; hartal in Kannur today
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Kannur: Another political murder was reported on Saturday from Kerala's Kannur district which has of late has seen increased political clashes between activists of the state's ruling CPI-M and BJP/RSS activists with a BJP worker found hacked to death.

The incident occurred at Thilenkery where a 26-year-old BJP worker was found grievously wounded on the roadside by police. He was rushed to the Iritty government hospital, however, he succumbed to his injuries before reaching the hospital. 

The deceased was identified as Bineesh, a native of Thillankeri near Iritty and son of P.P. Vasu and P.M. Padmini.

According to the police, uneasy calm has been prevailing in and around Thilenkery for the past one week and Saturday it got worse with the Bharatiya Janata Party and Communist Party of India-Marxist activists taking on one another.

The killing followed an attack on the car of a CPI-M worker in which a party worker was injured.

This triggered a retaliatory attack near the Thilenkery local body office and police then found the wounded Bineesh on the road.

The body will now be moved to the state-run Pariyaram Medical College for the autopsy, while additional police force has been rushed to the area to prevent the situation from worsening.

Meanwhile, BJP has called for a dawn-to-dusk (6 am to 6 pm) hartal in Kannur district on Sunday, to protest the murder of its worker. Distribution of milk, newspaper and emergency services have been exempted from the hartal. CPM has also announced a hartal in Thillankeri panchayat.