Kerala bandh: BJP to protest against murder of RSS activist

BJP-CPI animosity takes a turn for the worse clash in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram

The police, who have launched a high-level investigation into the case, are yet to confirm the motive behind the murder. BJP's Kerala president Kummanam Rajasekharan was in the building during the incident, party sources said.

The Kerala police on Friday arrested CPM councillor IP Binu and three other party workers for attacking the BJP state headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram. Cars and bikes parked in front of houses were also damaged. There were no instances of CPM-BJP clash reported from the area in the past, he said in a statement. The CPI (M) workers should exercise self-restraint and not be drawn into such provocations.

The BJP and the RSS were trying to unleash anarchy in Kerala and it seems they also wanted to tarnish the image of the state, the CPM state secretary alleged. Suresh said that the attack on Rajesh was hatched as part of an operation being carried out by CPI (M) district secretary Anavoor Nagappan and former legislator V Sivankutty to prevent the march of the BJP in the district.

Meanwhile, the CPI (M) has suspended Binu from the party pending inquiry.

Clashes between the BJP and CPM in Kerala have become disturbingly frequent as the BJP and RSS attempt to carve out a base for themselves in a state dominated by the ruling Left and the Congress.

"The need of the hour is to end the violence".

Thiruvananthapuram range IG Manoj Abraham announced a reward for the policeman who single handedly fought the assailants during the attack on the BJP state committee office.

This is what makes political observers to suspect that if the parties have dared to "import" the Kannur-type wild cat strikes aimed at each others's offices, houses and property and maiming individuals.

Reports said there were as many as 20 wounds in the victim's body.

The incident took place at around 9pm last night in Thiruvananthapuram.

Normal life has been hit in the state, with public transport off the roads and very few private vehicles moving around, as the BJP and RSS activists are out on the streets.

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