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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a hartal in Kerala on Sunday to protest the killing of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker allegedly by a gang led by a history-sheeter near Thiruvananthapuram. Police said 34-year-old Rajesh's left hand was chopped off in the attack which took place around at 9 pm last night.
An investigation has been launched and search is on for assailants, they said. BJP state president Kumanam Rajasekharan alleged that the Communist Party India-Marxist (CPI-M) was behind the attack, a charge denied by the district leadership of the Left party. The BJP has called for a state-wide hartal today, the state BJP chief said. Police are maintaining a strict vigil and have clamped prohibitory orders for three days from July 28 after BJP's Kerala unit office here was vandalised and the house of CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Bineesh Kodiyeri was attacked. Earlier, 10 people, including four from the student and youth wing of the CPI-M, had been arrested in connection with the violence in the city.
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