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3 Marxists held for RSS man’s murder
The Kerala Police on Tuesday arrested three youths for the brutal murder of young RSS activist Anand of Nenmini near temple town Guruvayur in Thrissur district on Sunday. Police sources claimed that the arrest of the three persons within 48 hours of the incident proved that the probe was progressing on the right track.
The three youths, Fahis of Kiyyaramukku, Karthik Thaikkad and Jithesh, all CPI(M) sympathisers, were taken into custody by the police from their hideouts in Guruvayur early Tuesday morning. They had gone into hiding immediately after the incident and had been staying at the places of relatives in and around Guruvayur, the police said.
Among the three, Fahis is the brother of Fasil, a local leader of CPI(M)’s youth outfit DYFI who was killed allegedly by RSS workers at Pavaratty in November, 2014 when he was 21. Anand was second accused in the case pertaining to that murder and the police believe that his killing was an act of revenge. It is said that Fahis was the chief plotter behind Anand’s murder.
A killer gang had brutally hacked Anand to death early Sunday afternoon at Nenmini near Guruvayur while he was going home on a motorbike along with a friend. The killers had attacked him after hitting his bike with the car in swhich they had come. The killers fled the scene by abandoning the car on the spot. The police had found out that the car belonged to Fahis.
The police had identified the killers by Sunday night itself and they had sent a lookout circular to all police stations and airports on Monday. The arrest of the three youths came after the Union Home Department sought a report on the incident from the Kerala Government. The RSS-BJP had held the CPI(M) and Islamist outfit Popular Front of India responsible for the murder.
At the same time, Union Minister of State for Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam called for a CBI probe into Anand’s murder. After visiting Anand’s home on Tuesday morning, he said he wanted the CBI to investigate the killing as he felt that a situation should not be created where the case was derailed and evidences were destroyed.
Meanwhile, violence involving the CPI(M) and RSS has resurfaced in Kannur district after a lull of a few days.
Two workers each of the BJP and CPI(M) were admitted to different hospitals with injuries suffered in three different incidents of violence that occurred in two places in Kannur district late Monday night.
Sujeesh (28) of Elankode, Mandal Karyavahak of the RSS at Palakkool within the Panur Police Station limits near Thalassery, suffered hack injuries in an attack carried out allegedly by CPI(M) workers at Ramanpeedika. Assailants hacked him amidst a clash that followed an attack on a temporary office of the CPI(M) at about 9.30 PM Monday.
Two CPI(M) workers, KP Sarath (24) and Muliyacherintavide Nikhil (22), were also injured in the clash. The three men were admitted to two different hospitals in Thalassery. Sources in the police said the situation had been brought under control by deploying a large number of personnel but tension was prevailing in the area.
RSS activist Ashith of East Palayad, Thalassery suffered injuries in an attack by CPI(M) workers at Palayad late Monday night. Reports said that Ashith was attacked by a five-member gang led by local CPI(M) leader Maneesh. In an incident in Nadapuram in Kozhikode district early Tuesday morning, the house of an RSS leader, Nigesh, came under CPI(M) attack.
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