21-Nov-2017
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Violence returns to Kerala: RSS activist killed in Guruvayur

THRISSUR Nov 12: An RSS activist was hacked to death at Guruvayur on Sunday noon. The deceased has been identified as Nenmini Anand (28), who was the second accused in the murder of DYFI activist Faizal in November 2013. 
 
The BJP has called a hartal on Monday in Guruvayur and Manaloor assembly segments to protest against the murder.
 
According to preliminary reports, Anand who was riding a bike was first knocked down by a car near the Nenmini Balaraman temple. The assailants, who were in a car, then hacked Anand to death. The assailants had to abandon the car at the spot as the road ahead was narrow and they feared the possibility of local residents gathering at the spot. They escaped in a bike after pushing down its rider.
 
Coming as it does after a gap of nearly four months, the murder of Anand has triggered off the fears of revival of the political murders between the caders of the CPM and the BJP in the state. The murder of Rajesh in Thiruvananthapuram in July was the last in the series of political killings that Kerala has been witnessing for decades. 
 
There was a lull in the political killings after the murder of Rajesh which had unleashed a series of campaigns against the LDF government, both within Kerala and nationally. The campaigns had led to direct talks between the top leaders of the CPM and the BJP in the state. The intensity of violence had come down at least temporarily following the talks which was attended by the leaders including the Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan and the CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, and O Rajagopal, MLA.
 
However, the murder of Anand has triggered off the fears that Thrissur is emerging as another hub of political violence after Kannur.
 
According to the BJP state leaders, AN Radhakrishnan and B Gopalakrishnan, 51 party activists have been killed in CPM attacks in the district since 1973. Three BJP activists were killed in the district after Pinarai Vijayan became the chief minister. The three are Pramod in Kodungallur, Nirmal in Mukkattukara and now Anand. "The CPM seems to be shocked by the growth of the BJP in Thrissur, and that is why they are indulging in such violence," the BJP district president A Nagesh alleged.
 
The CPM district secretary K Radhakrishnan, however vehemently denied the involvement of the party in the murder of Anand. "We have given strict directions to the party caders that there should not be any provocative action from our side, particularly in the backdrop of the ensuing party conference," Radharkrishnan said.