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Two CPI(M) activists arrested for 'killing' RSS worker

Press Trust of India  |  Kannur/Thiruvananthapuram 

Two workers were arrested today for their alleged roles in the May 12 killing of an worker at Payyanur town, even as the Centre said it was 'keeping an eye' on the politically volatile north district of Kannur.

Rinesh (28) and K P Jyothish (26) were arrested from Kannur today.

"We have arrested two CPI(M) workers. We are still ascertaining as to how many persons were involved in the crime," Kannur Superintendent of Police Siva Vikram told PTI, adding that police was on the lookout for more persons.

Two persons who had helped the accused to flee were taken into custody yesterday and were still being questioned, the police said.

While accusing the state of not having "the political will to fight out violence and killings," Union minister J P Nadda said the CPI(M)-led should take moral responsibility for such incidents.

"We condemn the attacks on BJP-workers and the political party which has indulged in such activities," Nadda told reporters here earlier in the day.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on the other hand, hit out at the for demanding imposition of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA) in Kannur.

Some people have sought imposition of AFPSA in Kannur, he said, adding that "they would do well to remember that in Manipur, where it had been implemented, 1,528 fake encounters and killings had been reported."

The victims ranged from a 12-year-old child to a 72- year-oldwoman, the chief minister added.

Kerala's democratic society, which stands for the human rights, cannot accept this, Vijayan said in a Facebook Post.

"How can a democratic party demand for such a law," he asked.

"The is committed to take forward the peace efforts and ensure protection for life and property," he said adding that the state would take an uncompromising stand against these type of incidents.

Earlier, in the assembly, Vijayan said a case would be registered against the state president, if necessary, for allegedly "spreading false" reports related to the killing of the worker in Kannur.

The worker, Biju, an accused in the killing of a CPI(M) worker, was out on bail when he was attacked on May 12.

It was the first incident of political violence after peace talks were held between leaders of the CPI(M) and BJP- in Kannur in January.

The BJP'S unit had submitted amemorandum to Governor P Sathasivam, seeking action and to declare Kannur a disturbed area and to impose AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) there to maintain law and order.

leader Sobha Surendran today continued her attack against the governor, saying he should demit office if he was scared to take action against the chief minister.

"Why isn't the governor visiting Kannur? Why can't he seek a report from the " she asked in New Delhi.

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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 22:48 IST