Eight arrested for brutal murder
The BJP called for a statewide bandh in Kerala on Sunday to protest the killing of RSS worker Rajesh Edavakode allegedly by members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
The RSS ‘Karyavahak’ (activist) was brutally attacked by a six-member gang in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday evening when he was coming out of a shop. Reports said that there were over 20 wounds on his body and his left palm was chopped off in the attack. Eight suspects with CPM links have been taken into custody.
According to Inspector General of Police Manoj Abraham, “The attack was by a gang of men involving Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPM activists. However, there was a long history of enmity between one of the accused and the victim. We are also probing any angle of political motive.”
The state BJP President Kummanem Rajasekheran has alleged that the attack was sponsored by state government . “The CPI-M led government has become a mute witness to the violence going on in the state capital district. Even our state party headquarters was attacked. But we exercised restraint. But now, we are left with no other option but to call for a statewide shutdown tomorrow (Sunday) to protest the killing (of Rajesh). The state government has not even called for a peace talk to resolve issues,” he told reporters while visiting the hospital.
However, CPI (M) has refuted the charges and called it a local issue.
Thiruvananthapuran has been witnessing a spate of violence after a recent attack on BJP state committee office by CPI (M) workers. In retaliation, some BJP workers had stoned the residence of the son of CPI (M) state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.