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RSS worker slashed to death in Kerala, political killing suspected

RSS worker slashed to death in Kerala, political killing suspected
Rajesh, Picture Courtesy: Indian Express

Thiruvananthapuram: An RSS worker was slashed to death by 15 sword-wielding attackers on Saturday night in Kerala’s capital.

RSS worker, Rajesh succumbed to injuries at a hospital after sustaining several injuries to his limbs, including having his arm chopped off at Edavacode near Sreekaryam, reports Indian Express.

The incident happened when Rajesh was returning from a ‘shakha’ meeting when around 15 assailants attacked him with swords and sharp weapons. However, RSS workers counter attacked the assailants but they were outnumbered. Rajesh received around 40 hack wounds, mostly on his limbs. There are also reports that the chopped arm was thrown in a nearby field.

Rajesh was taken to the hospital in a fragile state and soon he succumbed to his injuries during the treatment. BJP state president Kummanam Rajashekaran rushed to the hospital and accused the CPM of orchestrating the attack. “It is a brutal murder. This is annihilation politics aimed at wiping off RSS and BJP,” Kummanam said.

He urged people to join in the protest against the attack on Sunday. Kummanam said the party would take up the matter with the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the National Human Rights Commission.

BJP district president S Suresh said a group of CPM and CITU workers were behind the attack and demanded that they are brought to book. He also urged CPM to desist from moves to turn the district into a killing field.

Meanwhile, the CPM has distanced itself from the incident. “CPM has no connection with the attack on the RSS activist at Edavacode,” party district secretary Aanavoor Nagappan said in a statement.