A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was stabbed to death in Kerala on Sunday allegedly by activists of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist), the state BJP has claimed.
According to police, the deceased – identified as Anand – was on a two-wheeler when he was knocked down by a car at around 01:30 pm in Nenmini near the temple town of Guruvayur. He was then hacked to death. Anand was pronounced dead in a hospital.
Noticeably, Anand himself was an accused in the murder of a CPI(M) activist called Kasim three years ago. Anand was on bail and the police suspect that his murder is a revenge killing.
Sunday’s killing adds to the spate of incidents of violence between the RSS and CPI(M) workers in Kerala, where each attack is followed by a revenge killing.
BJP has alleged that as many as 120 BJP workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in Kerala since 2001. It has claimed that 14 of these killings have taken place since Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took over the reins of the government last year.
The CPI(M) has in turn, accused BJP and RSS of resorting to violence and denied the involvement of its government and leadership in political killings.
More details are awaited.