Youth Congress leader allegedly 'hacked to death' by CPI(M) workers

AK Antony

Kerala Youth Congress leader hacked to death, blames CPI(M) for murder

A 30-year-old Youth Congress leader was murdered on Monday night in Kerala's Kannur district.

Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the CPI (M) had extended its brand of political violence to the Congress in order to render the entire State strife-torn. He succumbed to his injuries on his way to the hospital.

Mr. Antony said that the CPI (M)'s attitude was that it could get away with anything when it was in power.

The BJP is an intolerant communal and fascist force, while the CPI (M) propagates political intolerance, he said.

According to the police, Shuhaib, who was the Youth Congress president of the Keezhallor mandalam in Kannur district, and his two friends - Noushad, 26, and Riyas, 36 - were standing at a roadside eatery near Mattannur when a four-member gang targeted them, The Indian Express reported.

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Meanwhile the police have booked a case and begun investigation. In October previous year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised a march to protest against what it said the killing of several BJP-RSS activists in the state ever since the CPI-M government came to power in 2016. Notably, in the last few months, Kannur has been largely peaceful. "Your days are numbered", slogans were heard in the video. The Congress has raised doubts on whether any action would be taken against the perpetrators. "But what we are told is that our party has no role in it".

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala further pointed fingers at the police for not checking political violence.

In the wake of the incident, the Congress party has called for a dawn-to-dusk shut down in Kannur on Tuesday, but has said that vehicles will be allowed to ply.

CPI (M) has however denied these allegations.

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