Thiruvananthapuram tense, one more hacked

via Pioneer News Service | Thiruvananthapuram published on April 20, 2008

The capital city is tense for the past two days after a criminal gang of alleged CPI(M) men hacked a local RSS leader inside an orphanage run by the Sevabharati of which he was the secretary. In retaliation to this a CITU worker Sreekumar was hacked on Sunday afternoon and is admitted in the Medical College hospital here.

The incidents to the violence started when a mafia leader with contacts in the CPI(M) ,Vishnu was hacked to death in broad day light by a group of motorbike riding youths who had covered their faces. Several people were witnessed to the heinous act as the incident took place in front of the southern regional passport office.

The police intiatlly came out with the theory that the killing was due to the rivalry between the goonda elements and almost all the goonda leaders were under surveliance. The police officers also said that the murder was owing to a goonda rivalry over the selling of soil in Kazhakootam.

After the CPI(M) party Congress when the State Home Minister and CPI(M) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan came back to the capital the family members of the dead Vishnu petitioned him that the deceased was a CPI(M) worker and that he was killed by RSS men due to political rivalry.

After this the police sang an altogether different tune and said that the murderers were indeed RSS men and that the police have arrested a few persons. The police claiming on a day to day basis that RSS leaders are in the net.

On Friday evening the CPI(M) Vanchiyoor area committee conducted a protest march in which several flag posts and banners and boards of the RSS and its affliated organisations were destroyed. The CPI(M) men were shouting provocative slogans and the CPI(M) State secretariat member VV Dakshinamoorthy and the party Vanchiyoor area leader BS Rajeev called upon the CPI(M) cadres to retaliate on the killing of Vishnu.

Immediately after this public outcry for blood on Saturday morning at 11 am the RSS local leader and the secretary of the Sevabharathi orphanage, Mohanan was hacked in front of the orphans in the sevabhrathi injuring him critically. Mohanan is admitted to Thiruvananthapuram Medical college hospital in a critical condition.

The police is camping in Kaithamukku area where the violent incidents have taken place and inspite of the tight security a group of youths hacked the CITU worker Sreekumar at Sreevarahom around 2 km from Kaithamukku. The CITU claimed that it was the handiwork of the RSS.

The RSS leadership blamed the CPI(M) of creating problems in different parts of the State to camouflage the failures of its administration and the group activities which are again rampant in the party. With a leader like Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who was an accused in the murder of RSS leader Karimbayil Satheesan in Thalassery in 1980, at the helm of affairs in the Home Ministry, the people of the State does not expect any justice from the police.

Political observers are of the opinion that the CPI(M) has deliberately turned the situation into violence for some specific agenda. The Palkulangara and Kaithamukku area is considered to be traditionally supportive of the RSS and its affiliates and the CPI(M) it seems is trying to break this jinx and enter using the police support.

Even die hard CPI(M) supporters admit in private that Vishnu was more of a mafia gang than a CPI(M) worker.

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