RSS activist`s murder sparks violence in Kerala

Three CPI-M workers were injured in 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.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2010, 20:34 PM IST

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.

PTI