Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Arun Jaitley meets kin of slain RSS worker in Kerala

Arun Jaitley meets kin of slain RSS worker in Kerala

"The kinds of wounds inflicted on Rajesh would have even embarrassed the terrorists", Jaitley said.

He also addressed a commemorative meeting after his meeting with the family saying that there was a saga of political violence in Kerala. Jaitley asserted that such violence would not suppress the BJP, the RSS and others and would only increase the cadre's determination to work harder.

Recalling an incident of past, Sinha said that, "The party can not even believe Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan because he himself was accused of killing of an RSS leader in 1969'".

CPI-M District Secretary of Thiruvananthapuram, Anavoor Nagappan, told the media that 21 family members of CPI-M activists, who were allegedly killed by RSS workers were among the protesters outside the Raj Bhavan on Sunday.

"The BJP leadership is indulging in doublespeak on the clashes between CPI-M and BJP-RSS workers in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala", the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) said in a statement.

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Local leaders explained to Jaitely the concern expressed by family members, including the widow of 34-year old Rajesh, who was hacked to death on July 29 by a gang led by an alleged historysheeter. "At the end of the day, it's the responsibility of the state to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to book", Jaitley said.

Jaitley offered to meet families of Left activists who too have suffered violence.

President of Eranholi grama panchayat in Kannur, A.K. Remya, has also written to Jaitley on the plight of her husband who is undergoing treatment for the past one month following an attack allegedly by RSS cadres. Even the RSS threat to force the centre to dismiss the LDF government has evoked only ridicule from various corners. CPM meant to counter the BJP's claim that only Sangh Parivar workers were being targeted.

The minister complained that had some something similar happened in a BJP-ruled state, there would have been a hue and cry. Incidentally, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has convened an all- party meeting this evening to discuss the issue of increasing political violence.

Although not declared a political murder, police arrested 16 RSS workers in connection with the killing of a teenager called Ananthu Ashokan at Cherthala. Claiming that the killings are state-sponsored violence, the RSS and the BJP have accused the Pinarayi Vijayan led LDF government of doing precious little to stop the violence.

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