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Political violence mars Onam days in Kerala


Young students tie rakhis on the wrists of Border Security Force jawans at Hilly town border in West Bengal on Saturday.Balurghat : School girls tying Rakhi on the wrists of BSF personnel during celebrations of Raksha Bandhan festival at Indo-Bangladesh international border at Hili near Balurghat in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI8_29_2015_000101B)

Seven partymen from different outfits lose their lives in violence during last three days in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram :  Political violence has returned to haunt Kerala with clashes erupting between activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in several places in the last two days. While two activists of the CPI (M) and two BJP workers were killed in two different incidents of political attacks in Kasaragod and Thrissur districts amid Onam celebrations on Friday, three persons were hacked in Kannur and two in Idukki districts on Saturday.

 In Kasaragod, CPI (M) worker C Narayanan, 45, was stabbed to death by a three-member gang near Kanhangad. Following the activist’s murder, a bandh was observed in the district on Saturday on the call of the CPI (M). In Thrissur, thirty-one years old BJP worker Abhilash was hacked to death at Vellikulangara on Friday night. The BJP district leadership has blamed the CPI (M) for the murder. Shops and business establishments at Kodagara and Puthukkad regions in the district downed shutters on the call of BJP to register their protest. In the clash that began at Azhikode on Friday night, several houses and party offices were attacked. A senior police officer at Kannur said that 15 houses of the CPI (M) and the BJP workers, two party offices and several memorials of slain party workers were damaged in Azhikode and surrounding areas.

Houses of two BJP workers were set on fire in what is seen as a retaliatory attack by CPI (M) activists at Neerkadavu near Meenkunnu on the wee hours of Saturday.

Two CPI (M) activist Shaiju (35) suffered head injuries while Shaheel suffered injuries on his legs. Shaiju was admitted to a private hospital at Calicut.  Another BJP worker Baiju also suffered injuries and was rushed to a private hospital. A large number of police personnel were camping in the area and the situation was later brought under control, sources close to the development said. Shops and business establishments at Azhikode did not open in response to a bandh called by local CPI (M) unit.

The police have registered cases against five CPI (M) workers in connection with the incident. Tension still prevails at Thodupuzha in Idukki district, where the clashes erupted after two persons were hacked during the Onam festivities. The BJP workers went on a rampage and attacked several area committee offices, party flags and banners of the CPI (M) in the town.  State Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has alleged conspiracy behind the clashes.  CPI (M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan said that the attacks were part of the BJP plans to weaken CPIM.