India: BJP worker hacked to death in Kerala

In January, a BJP worker was stabbed to death allegedly by CPI(M) activists at Andaloor in Dharmadam, the constituency of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (Representative Image) Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Kochi, Kerala, India Feb 13, 2017, 05.58 AM (IST)

A 20-year old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Nirmal was hacked to death late on Sunday night in Mukkattukara of Thrissur district in Kerala. 

The BJP has alleged that Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers are behind the murder of Nirmal, and have called for a strike in Thrissur district today, reported ANI.

Kerala has recently seen a spate of political violence. In January, a BJP worker was stabbed to death allegedly by CPI(M) activists at Andaloor in Dharmadam, the constituency of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

The attack on Santosh (52) took place when he was alone in his house.

The same day, a country bomb was hurled at the RSS Karyalaya at nearby Thaliparamba. Though none was injured, the windowpanes of the office were damaged.

Though Santosh was rushed to the hospital, he died on the way, Kannur Superintendent of Police KP Philip said.

BJP observed a hartal in the district, where the 57th state School Arts festival was on. Shops and businesses downed shutters and vehicles went off the roads.

Pro-BJP organisations in Kerala have sought Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s intervention to stop the spate of political killings in the state.

(PTI)