Rajnath Singh intervenes after RSS worker hacked to death in Kerala
The incident reportedly took place around 9 pm last night. Photograph: (Twitter)
A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was hacked to death on Saturday.
Rajesh Edavakode, 34, died in a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, reports said. His left hand was chopped off in the attack, PTI cited police as saying. The incident reportedly took place around 9 pm last night.
Eight people have been detained in connection with Edavakode's death, ANI reported. They have been sent to police custody.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a statewide strike in Kerala after the murder.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh called up chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and expressed his concern over the prevailing law and order in the state.
He wrote on Twitter that "political violence is unacceptable in a democracy".
Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinrayi Vijayan today regarding the recent incidents of political violence in the state. 1/3— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 30, 2017
I have expressed my concern with the law and order situation in the state of Kerala. Political violence is unacceptable in a democracy. 2/3— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 30, 2017
I expect that the political violence in Kerala is curbed and that the perpetrators are brought to justice expeditiously. 3/3— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 30, 2017
Kerala Police Chief said police forces have been instructed to strictly deal with any attempt to create violence and adequate police personnel have been deployed in all sensitive spots.
BJP state president Kummanam Rajashekaran accused the CPI(M) of orchestrating the attack, PTI reported.
"The attack was by a gang of men involving CPI(M) (Communist Party of India (Marxist) activists. However, there was a long history of enmity between one of the accused and the victim. We are also probing any angle of political motive." Inspector General of Police Manoj Abraham was quoted as saying by NDTV.
CPM state secretary Kodiyery Balakrishnan said that his party members were not responsible for the murder and blamed the BJP for creating law and order problems in the state.
The Kerala unit of the Congress, meanwhile, staged a protest demanding peace in the state today.
Many Congress leaders including party's state president MM Hassan and Leader of Opposition in the assembly, Ramesh Chennithala are on a hunger strike in Kozhikode, ANI reported.