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BJP hartal in Kannur to protest RSS man’s killing

BJP hartal in Kannur to protest RSS man’s killing

Kannur: The dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by the BJP and the RSS to protest the killing of one of their workers has begun.

Choorakad Biju, an RSS worker was hacked to death allegedly by CPI-M activists at Payyanur town Friday, prompting the BJP to demand the imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Kannur district.

The killing is the first incident of political violence since January’s "peace talks" between the leaders of the ruling CPI-M and BJP-RSS in Kannur.

The deceased was travelling on a motorcycle when some persons intercepted his vehicle at a bridge near Payyanur and launched a fatal attack on him.

Biju, a local RSS leader, was an accused in the murder case of CPI-M activist C V Dhanraj. He was out on bail.

Additional police personnel have been posted in the area as a precautionary measure.

The politically sensitive Kannur district has witnessed a series of violent clashes between the activists of the CPI-M and BJP-RSS over the last one year.

Bijus killing drew a strong reaction from BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan, who said Kannur should be declared a "disturbed area" and AFSPA should be imposed in the district in view of the "frequent" attacks on the workers of the saffron party.

"Since the government has failed to curb the violence, AFSPA should be imposed in Kannur to maintain law-and-order," he said, adding that a memorandum would be submitted to the Governor in this regard.

"CPI-M workers are unleashing violence against their political rivals and even the chief minister has failed to control them," alleged Rajasekharan.

He also claimed that the ruling party in Kerala had "unilaterally broken" the peace accord.

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