Communist Killing Squads roaming freely in Kannur

published on March 6, 2008

 One more RSS man murdered
Pioneer News Service | Kannur

Political terror reigned supreme in Kannur on Thursday for the second consecutive day with the murder of one more RSS worker Mahesh even as the people of the district, especially in Thalassery and Koothuparamba, spent a day in panic and anxiety amidst a total hartal called by the BJP-RSS and the CPI(M) after the three murders on Wednesday.

RSS activist Mahesh was hacked to death on Thursday at Chittaniparamba in Koothuparamba, the Assembly constituency represented by CPI(M)’s P Jayarajan, who is also the general manager of party organ Desabhimani. Another RSS activist Aneesh was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Hospital, Thalassery with serious hack injuries.

The killing and the attacks were allegedly carried out on the RSS workers by specially trained squad operated by the CPI(M). Reports said that such political terror troops were roaming the streets in various parts of the district.

It was alleged that such incidents indicated the silent support of the CPI(M)-led LDF Government to attack-teams with particular blessings from Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who was known for his association with violence in Kannur. The Minister had proudly announced in Thiruvananthapuram that four companies of police led by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Jang Pangi were taking care of the security aspects in the area. Thursday’s events proved the hollowness of this claim following the gruesomely violent attacks on the two RSS workers and other incidents of violence staged by CPI(M) men using the hartal as a screen. Houses of several RSS and BJP workers and leaders also had come under attacks by CPI(M) troops in Thalassewry and other areas on Thursday.

People in Thalassery and adjoining areas were confined to their houses on Thursday following the dawn-to-dusk hartal call of the CPI(M) and the BJP following the violent incidents in the area. While the BJP and the RSS had called for a hartal in the district following the killing of two of its workers and the gruesome attack on RSS leader MP Sumesh, the CPI(M) had called for a hartal in Thalassery Assembly constituency and Mahe and Pinarayi panchayats.

The hartal call had evoked a total response from the people of the area with no one venturing out of their houses and vehicles were also not seen on the roads. A group of CPI(M) workers attacked the residence of RSS activist Prakasan in Sankaramangalam in Kuthuparamba Assembly constituency. The police had to fire in the air to disperse crowds which were intent on creating problems.

The sounds of bomb explosions were heard throughout Thalassery area and the presence of huge contingent of police failed to deter the party troops from moving around and carrying out bomb attacks on political adversaries. People of Thalassery and Kuthuparamba were shell-shocked after Wednesday’s violence and the presence of police had failed to restore people’s confidence.

Thalassery has witnessed bloody political killings whenever the CPI(M) has assumed power in the past and according to observers, the cowardice of the party could well be gauged from the fact that once the UDF assumed power Kannur would turn peaceful as the police would act neutrally. With a person like Kodiyeri Balakrishnan remaining at the helm of Home Affairs in the State, the people would never have hopes of peace, observers say.

During the previous Nayanar regime, it was P Sasi, the present CPI(M) district secretary, who was said to be controlling the police as special secretary to then Chief Minister, who was holding Home portfolio as well. The police had then acted in a biased manner and there were several instances in which the residences of the RSS workers had been attacked by police officers like Thalassery DySP Koyilandi Balakrishnan.

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