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Four held over murder of Youth Congress worker

Four held over murder of Youth Congress worker

Alappuzha: Four persons belonging to CPI-M have been detained in connection with the murder of Youth Congress worker Sunil Kumar on Tuesday in Alappuzha.

CPI-M former Panchayat member Prakash, party’s two branch secretaries Aneesh and Sharat, and DYFI worker Sunil were taken into custody around midnight. The police said there are few more others to be held in connection with the murder.

28-year old Sunil Kumar was asleep at his home near Cheppad when he was called out by a group of people around 2 a.m. and hacked to death.

The victim was said to have been a DYFI activist earlier.

The Congress had observed a daylong shutdown in Cheppad on Tuesday in protest against the crime.

As per reports, tension between Congress and CPI-M supporters in Cheppad area was brewing for the last one month. The murder was a likely fallout of political rivalry in the area.

State Congress president V.M. Sudheeran said the party worker had been brutally killed by the Communist Party of India-Marxist supporters.

"This gruesome incident is the latest example of the way the CPI-M is continuing its policy of killing its political adversaries. It is a shame that the CPI-M is engaging in such heinous acts. The need of the hour is for the people to come forward to oppose this policy of the CPI-M," Sudheeran said in a press release here on Tuesday.

In another incident of political violence, BJP and CPI-M workers had clashed at Kattayikonam in Thiruvananthapuram district, leaving at least 30 injured. One of them is reportedly in serious condition.

Former BJP state President V Muraleedharan was among those injured in stone throwing, allegedly by CPI-M workers.

Demanding the arrest of the accused, BJP observed a hartal in the district Tuesday.

CPI-M had also called for a hartal in Kattayikonam.

As the political heat over the May 16 elections is slowly rising, reports of rival party workers clashing in various parts of the state, especially northern Kannur district, are also increasing.

An RSS worker was recently hacked to death in Pappinesseri and a BJP worker escaped with serious injuries in Panur, both in Kannur district after they were attacked allegedly by CPI-M workers.

It's a do or die battle this time for BJP, which has so far not opened its account in the Kerala assembly and is going all out to woo voters across the state.

BJP has entered into an alliance with the newly floated Bharat Dharma Jana Seva (BDJS), an organisation of the numerically strong Ezhava community.

The fact that the saffron party had performed well in the local body polls in November has also given the party a glimmer of hope.

Both the ruling Congress-led UDF and the CPI-M-led LDF, which have ruled the state alternatively all these years, are also leaving nothing to chance.

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