Situation tense after two politicians killed in Kerala

Alappuzha, December 20 (KMS): Indian state of Kerala has been rocked by back-to-back killings of two politicians belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party and Social Democratic Party of India.

The SDPI and BJP leaders were killed in the coastal Alappuzha district of the state. Police authorities imposed Section 144 in Alappuzha district.

Police arrested around 50 persons, including general public as well as workers of the BJP, RSS and the SDPI, said the women police officer IG Harshita Attaluri to media. The officer claimed not all of the persons in custody were culprits and that the police were “examining and investigating” the two cases.

K S Shan, the state secretary of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in Kerala, was brutally attacked on Saturday night while he was on his way back home and his party alleged the RSS was behind it.

Hours later, BJP’s OBC Morcha state secretary Ranjeet Sreenivas was hacked to death by some assailants who barged into his house on Sunday morning, police said.

Police said it suspects the fatal attack on Sreenivas, also a member of the BJP state committee, was in retaliation to the killing of Shan.

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