RSS activist`s murder sparks violence in Kerala

Last Updated: Thursday, December 2, 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.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 20:34

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