CPI-M leader hacked to death by BJP, RSS men in Kerala

New Delhi, Aug 16 (KMS): A local CPI(M) leader was hacked to death by a group belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Indian state of Kerala’s Palakkad district.

The deceased, Kunnangadu resident Shajahan was a local committee member of the CPI(M).

The incident happened at around 9.30 PM near the leader’s house.

Local Left leaders said he was out arranging decorations for the Independence Day celebrations.

The ruling left party blamed “BJP and RSS were behind the murder”.

“CPI(M) strongly condemns the brutal murder of Com. Shahjahan, member of the CPI(M) Marutha Road Local Committee, on the eve of the Independence Day by the RSS criminals. Red Salute Comrade Shahjahan. Your struggle will continue,” read a tweet by CPI(M) Kerala state committee.

“We are recording statements of eyewitnesses. He was immediately taken to the hospital but could not be saved,” a senior police official told media.

According to FIR, eight men who were active cadres of Hindu nationalist parties BJP and RSS are the accused. Three men were arrested so far.

A. Prabhakaran, MLA, said that Shajahan had faced threat to his life.

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