A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist, identified as P Anand was hacked to death in Kerala's Thrissur, allegedly by CPM workers. He was out on bail. The armed assailants assaulted Anand and a friend who was travelling with him. They then brutally attacked him. Though he was rushed to hospital, his life could not be saved, police said.
The BJP on Sunday alleged that the murder was carried out by the CPI (M) with the assistance of Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI). Political murders of BJP and CPI (M) workers in the state have grabbed headlines of late with leaders of both parties started accusing each other of resorting to violence to silence the other. It shows that terrorists have taken control of the leadership of the CPM.
The CPI (M) Thrissur district unit denied its role in the killing.
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Last month, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, Amit Shah slammed the left-led Kerala government for the killing of RSS activists in the state. "The Government should urgent steps to arrest the culprits and ensure that such incidents do not recur".
"Home minister should ask NIA to probe for murders of RSS workers occurring in Kerala", he said. Anand is an accused in the Fasil murder case, so we will be looking at that angle. The attackers later abandoned the vehicle and fled in a bike, police said. A factsheet released by the CPI (M) said that 85 CPI (M) workers and 65 RSS workers were killed in political violence from 2000 to 2017. Recently, Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan, accompanied by BJP president Amit Shah, took out a statewide rally against what it termed as red and jihadi terror.