RSS activist's murder: Centre soon to ask CBI to probe case, says Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that Centre will soon issue an order for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Manoj in Kerala's Kannur district earlier this month.

Kannur: Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that Centre will soon issue an order for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Manoj in Kerala's Kannur district earlier this month.

Announcing the decision at a press meet here, state Rajnath Singh said a notification in this regard would be issued soon.

“State government should take strong action. State government must try to end the environment of fear. There should be an environment where people fearlessly live in Kerala and work fearlessly,” Singh told reporters.

Rajnath Singh is in Kannur to visit the family of Manoj, who was killed allegedly by CPI(M) members.

Earlier in the day, the Home Minister had also said that the state government must make an honest assessment on why these political killings were taking place, what were the reasons and give assurance that such types of violence would not take place in future.

“Problem of violence must be resolved. Freedom of speech, freedom of religious practice and freedom of political activities must be ensured. State government must take action on it. I want to assure the state government that whatever assistance will be required, the central government will provide,” he had said, PTI reported.

Asked whether the growth of BJP and other organisations could be the reason behind the killing of Sangh Parivar members, Singh had said, "That possibility cannot be ruled out." The Home Minister said the Central government was concerned over the political killings in Kerala as well as in West Bengal.

Describing the killing of Manoj as "very unfortunate", the Home Minister said no political ideology could be suppressed by violence and one should counter any political ideology only through another ideological view and "not through gun or violence."

"We have to take action to check the political violence. All political parties must come on board and oppose the killing of innocent people," he added.

Singh further said that the Kerala government has already recommended a CBI probe into the killing of Manoj and the Central government will issue a notification handing over the probe to the premier investigating agency soon.

Manoj, a district functionary of the RSS, was hacked to death by an unidentified gang on September 1. The killing shocked the Sangh outfits as it happened on a day when BJP president Amit Shah was in Thiruvanathapuram.

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