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Murder of RSS Activist in Kannur: Police Arrest Three Suspects

Murder of RSS Activist in Kannur: Police Arrest Three Suspects

Condemning the murder, the party district secretariat said in a statement that CPI (M) workers had been showing self-restraint since the all-party meeting here despite provocations on the part of the RSS.

The victim, who was out on bail, was the 12th accused in the July 2016 murder of CPI-M worker Dhanaraj.

Police had seized the Innova vehicle that was used by the suspects yesterday.

Kerala has been witness to the politics of "retaliation" between the BJP-RSS and CPI-M for some time.

On Friday evening, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh office bearer Biju in his early 30s was hacked to death at Payyanur in Kannur, the hot spot of political murders. He was also the RSS' unit chief in Kakkampara. The killers knocked down the motorbike of Biju with the auto before hacking him to death.

The police have taken into custody three men including the main suspect called Rineesh.




According to reports, the state BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan has said that Kannur should be declared a disturbed region under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

Vaidya demanded police to take immediate action to bring all the accused, including the conspirators, to book and ensure a peaceful atmosphere in Kannur.

The BJP has asked for AFSPA to be imposed in the district of Kannur. The BJP has called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Kannur district and adjoining Mahe on Saturday to protest the murder.

Police said a case was registered today against seven "identifiable" persons in connection with his killing.

The killing is the first incident of political violence since "peace talks" in January between the leaders of the ruling CPI (M) in Kerala and the BJP-RSS in Kannur.

The Kannur CPI (M) district secretariat condemned the incident and denied the allegation that its workers were involved in it.

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