A 52-year-old member of the ruling CPM party was hacked to death on Monday by six unidentified masked men in Kerala's Kannur. According to reports, the CPM worker, identified as Kuzhichal Mohanan, was murdered at his shop in a busy market area in Valankichal near Anjarakkandy.
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Another CPM member, who was with Mohanan, was injured in the attack that took place around 10:30 am. Mohanan’s body will be cremated on Tuesday. The CPM has blamed RSS for the murder and has called for a strike of Tuesday. Meanwhile the Kerala police have said that they suspect the murder was politically motivated.
There have been several attacks on political workers and activists since the LDF government came to power in May this year. According to an official statistics, more than 50 political attacks have taken place and at least four political workers were murdered since.
Last month, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi had claimed that about 400 cases of violence have been registered in four months after the LDF government came to power. At least 200 BJP workers have been assaulted, maimed or killed, and 200 homes burnt, she had said. The BJP had last month slammed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for "increasing" number of political attacks in Kannur district and sought a probe by CBI or Supreme Court or High Court judge on the "red terror" unleashed against its workers.