RSS leader MP Sumesh’s condition still critical

published on March 10, 2008

Uneasy calm prevails in Thalassery, surrounding areas

Pioneer News Service | Kannur

After the killing of seven people in a span of three days, Thalassery is in an uneasy calm. The police vehicles are plying on the roads and people are slowly coming out to the offices and shops have finally started functioning. However, people are speaking to each other in hushed tones and the brutal killings which occurred in the town in the past week have stunned many.

The attack on RSS leader MP Sumesh who was hacked by a seven-member gang in the heart of Thalassery town had set the tone for the recent political clashes. Sumesh who lost his left palm is admitted to Kozhikode medical college and is still in a critical condition.

There are several deep wounds in his head and face and the right hand has also multiple fractures. An autrorikshaw driver by profession, Sumesh will not be able to do any work from now on.

A popular leader of the RSS and a person who has good contacts cutting across party affiliations (of course in the Thalassery CPM and RSS people do not talk to each other) there is widespread anger and resent among the common people for targeting him.

Even if the RSS leadership enters into a bilateral talk with the CPI(M), there would be serious differences of opinion among the grassroot cadre, who knows that Sumesh was unnecessarily targeted by the CPI(M) cadre. There is also a general feeling that the CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan who was in the town recently had a clear knowledge of things to come.

CPI(M) Thalassery area secretary Karayi Rajan is also in the dock as eye witnesses are of the opinion that the CPI(M) cadre who had attacked Sumesh in the heart of the town were seen walking towards the CH Kanaran Mandir, the party area committee office situated in Thalassery town.

As Sumesh is attacked the people of Thalassery is still not believing that peace has arrived in town as there could be repercussions any time anywhere and this has resulted in an uneasy calm in the area.

A local leader of the RSS while speaking to The Pioneer said, “The CPI(M) was successful in creating a bogey that it was the RSS which had started the violence in Thalassery following the murder of Sudhir Babu on November 5. However, it should be noted that the RSS worker Biju was critically wounded by the CPI(M) cadre and is still not in a position to move his limbs and the killing of Sudhir Babu was a response to the attack on Biju”.

He also said that the CPI(M) has used its superb information spreading machinery to create false belief among the people that it was the RSS which was unilaterally attacking CPI(M) cadre.

Even in the State Assembly, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was trying to create an impression that six CPI(M) men and five RSS, BJP men were killed in the recent incidents. It may be recalled that the death of CPI(M) worker KP Jijesh is a subject of controversy and according to RSS sources the organisation has no involvement in this incident. There is a strong belief in Thalassery that the Kannur SP, Manoj Abraham was unceremoniously transferred back to Kochi immediately as he joined office as he was on the final stages of proving the case related to the murder of Jijesh.

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