RSS activist`s murder sparks violence in Kerala
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 20:34
Palakkad: Three CPI-M workers were injured in retaliatory attacks carried out allegedly by RSS-BJP activists today as a sequel to the murder of a local RSS functionary allegedly by CPI-M activists at Kanjikkode in Palakkad district on Wednesday.

The BJP alleged that the murder was pre-planned by the CPI-M and said a three-member team of party MPs would visit the state next week on a fact-finding mission.

Irate BJP-RSS workers also directed their ire on vehicles and shops in Puthussery and Koottupatha areas as the party observed hartal in parts of the district.

BJP state president V Muraleedharan today met the opposition leader in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi to apprise her of the violence being "unleashed by the CPI-M activists" on the party workers.

Muraleedharan told PTI that Swsaraj had assured him that a three-member team of party MPs would be deputed to the state to ascertain the facts of the recent clashes.

He alleged that the attacks on the BJP-RSS workers were masterminded by the CPI-M leadership to win back the lost support in the civic polls in the state.

In a statement, the party state committee alleged that CPI-M workers sought to disrupt the funeral procession of the murdered RSS worker and even turned thier ire at the party's former state president P K Krishnadas. The party said the police remained a mute witness while the CPI-M workers let loose violence.

The CPI-M in the district, however, held the RSS-BJP as responsible for the troubles in the district.

The district administration has convened an all-party meet to restore peace in the area.

According to police, three CPI-M workers suffered stab injuries in separate incidents at Kalippara and Koottupatha. The attacks were allegedly carried out by RSS activists, sources said.

Ratheesh (24), a local RSS 'karyavah' was hacked to death by a group of suspected CPI-M workers inside a passenger bus at Kanjikkode yesterday. Three of Ratheesh's colleagues were injured in the attack, after which the assailants fled the scene.

The area had been witness to frequent clashes between the RSS and CPI (M) workers.


First Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 20:34

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