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Kerala: Two RSS members held for CPI(M) leader’s murder

Mohanan K, who worked as a toddy shop cashier in Valankilchal, was killed on October 10 when five masked men barged into his store and assaulted him with sharp weapons
File : Pinarayi in Kannur district saw a BJP worker killed

The police have arrested two Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh members on Wednesday in connection with the murder of a Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader in Kerala’s Kannur district.

Police officials told NDTV that four country-made bombs and swords were also recovered from the duo, who were directly involved in the killing. However, their identities and other details are yet to be revealed.

Mohanan K, who worked as a toddy shop cashier in Valankilchal, was killed on October 10 when five masked men barged into his store and assaulted him with sharp weapons. The ruling CPI(M) had suspected it was the handiwork of RSS and Bharatiya Janata Party members.

Two days later, a 19-year-old BJP worker was killed by unknown assailants in the same district. The murder was suspected to be in retaliation to the killing of Mohanan K.

Kannur, a hotbed of politics known for BJP-CPM rivalry, has witnessed at least seven political murders  since the Left Democratic Front government came to power in May. In October, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had accused the RSS and the BJP of “deliberately” creating tension in the state.

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