Thiruvananthapuram: A 32-year old Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader was murdered by an unidentified gang in Kerala's Kannur on Monday.
E Manoj, a local office-bearer of RSS, was waylaid on a road by the gang which threw a country-made bomb at him and then hacked him to death before fleeing the area near Thalassery, police said.
RSS-BJP leaders alleged the CPI(M) was behind the killing and gave a call for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the state on Tuesday.
Reacting to the brutal murder, senior BJP leader Nalin Kohli said, "This is condemnable. I expect authorities to act in an impartial manner and hope guilty are apprehended."
Notably, BJP president Amit Shah who is on a visit to Kerala presided over a meeting of the party's state unit on Monday and expressed his sadness at the frequent attacks on their workers in the state.
The area, which was witness to violence involving RSS and CPI(M) workers in the past, has been remaining largely calm in the last few years.
But tension resurfaced with the BJP and CPI(M) poaching workers from each side in recent times.
Last year, a large number of BJP workers led by a prominent local leader had joined the CPI(M).
In retaliation, the saffron party lured scores of CPI(M) workers to its camp last month.
Meanwhile, four persons, stated to be CPI(M) workers, were taken into custody for questioning in connection with the incident, police said.
With Agency Inputs