Twin political murders stir Kerala’s killing field

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KANNUR: The brutal murder of two persons - one a CPM worker and the other an RSS activist - within a span of one hour at Mahe, a small town under the Puducherry union territory, has created ripples in the adjacent politically sensitive Kannur district in Kerala.

 

Life in Kannur came to a standstill with the CPM and the BJP declaring a hartal to protest the murder of Kannipoyil Babu, 45, an active member of the CPM, at Pallur on May 7 night and the retaliatory murder of RSS worker Shamej Parambath at New Mahe an hour later.

The hartal supporters went on a rampage attacking party offices, houses of party workers and vehicles at Mahe and adjoining areas in Kannur. A BJP office at Pallur and a Puducherry police jeep were set ablaze after a procession carrying the body of Babu passed the area.

In a retaliatory attack, the shop of a CPM worker at New Mahe was attacked. The attack took place during a procession carrying the body of the RSS worker. The police used grenades twice to disperse the angry mob.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed state police chief Loknath Behra to take strong measures to prevent the violence from spreading. The DGP has warned stern action against those indulging in violence. He said more police personnel have been deployed in all sensitive areas.

Meanwhile, the police have confirmed that the murder of the two were continuation of the political clashes between the CPM and the RSS going on in the area for the past one year. The house of Babu had come under attack seven months ago as part of the clashes.

The murder ends the brief lull in the political violence in Kannur, which witnessed 12 murders since the CPM-led government came to power in May 2016. People in the district had hoped that the political parties involved in the violence would give peace a chance in Kannur following the murder of Youth Congress leader S P Suhait at Mattannur on February 12.

The latest murders have shattered the hopes. Political observers view the murder after two months of relative peace as a sign of political unrest returning to the district. Kannur has been a hot bed of political violence between the CPM and the RSS for the last four decades.

More than 250 people have lost their lives in the bloody battle between the two outfits for political supremacy in the northern district, which is the cradle of communist movement in the state.

Though both the CPM and the RSS had announced their resolve to end the violence, the cadres are not willing to drop arms. Political analysts like Chekutty views this as a sign of criminal gangs taking over the killing field.

“The political murders in the past were committed by party cadres. Now the trend is to entrust the killing with quotation gangs. Even if the political parties want to stop the violence, the criminal gangs are not ready for the same,” Chekutty said.

Describing this as a dangerous trend, Chekutty said that the state will plunge into chaos if this continues.

ging in violence. He said more police personnel have been deployed in all sensitive areas.

Meanwhile, the police have confirmed that the murder of the two were continuation of the political clashes between the CPM and the RSS going on in the area for the past one year. The house of Babu had come under attack seven months ago as part of the clashes.

The murder ends the brief lull in the political violence in Kannur, which witnessed 12 murders since the CPM-led government came to power in May 2016. People in the district had hoped that the political parties involved in the violence would give peace a chance in Kannur following the murder of Youth Congress leader S P Suhait at Mattannur on February 12.

The latest murders have shattered the hopes. Political observers view the murder after two months of relative peace as a sign of political unrest returning to the district. Kannur has been a hot bed of political violence between the CPM and the RSS for the last four decades.

More than 250 people have lost their lives in the bloody battle between the two outfits for political supremacy in the northern district, which is the cradle of communist movement in the state.

Though both the CPM and the RSS had announced their resolve to end the violence, the cadres are not willing to drop arms. Political analysts like Chekutty views this as a sign of criminal gangs taking over the killing field.

“The political murders in the past were committed by party cadres. Now the trend is to entrust the killing with quotation gangs. Even if the political parties want to stop the violence, the criminal gangs are not ready for the same,” Chekutty said.

Describing this as a dangerous trend, Chekutty said that the state will plunge into chaos if this continues.

 

 

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