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Video of CPI(M) workers celebrating not fake: Kerala BJP chief

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

chief Kummanam Rajasekharan today said a video posted by him of CPI(M) workers purportedly celebrating the killing of an activist was not fake and challenged the state to register a case against him.

"Let them investigate and register a case.. I'm prepared to go to jail," Rajasekharan told reporters at Kochi.

He claimed that CPI(M) workers had celebrated the killing of the worker, Biju, in at least 14 places in the state.

Rajasekharan had posted the video 'Jungle Raj in Kerala' on a site with the caption 'Brutality, bestiality at its worst- Kannur communists celebrate of Karyakartha Biju, whom they beheaded'.

Meanwhile, DGP T P Senkumar today directed the Kannur SP to investigate and verify the authenticity of the video posted by Rajasekharan.

Talking to reporters in Kannur, CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that the state president had tried to incite violence by circulating the video.

He claimed that during the previous UDF regime, 27 activists of the CPI(M) had been killed by the RSS but at that time, the did not demand imposition of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), he said.

In some states, the AFSPA had been imposed partially or fully. But, wherever it was implemented, peace had not been restored, Balakrishnan said.

The AFSPA was not imposed in Gujarat where over 2,000 persons were killed in 2002 and in Chattisgarh where the recent Maoist attack claimed the lives of 26 CRPF jawans in Sukma district, Balakrishnan alleged.

CPI(M) Kannur District Secretary P Jayarajan said the video could be a party celebration in connection with some other party functions.

Meanwhile, Kannur district president of the Students' Federation of India, Muhammed Siraj, lodged a complaint with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and DGP T P Senkumar, claiming the aim of posting the "fake" video was to stoke RSS-CPI(M) clashes in Kannur.

The video was illegal and a case should be registered, he said.

The chief minister had yesterday informed the that a case would be registered against Rajasekharan if necessary, for allegedly "spreading false" reports related to the killing of the RSS worker in Kannur.

He also asked the state to explain where the celebrations had taken place.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 14:22 IST