A 23-year-old Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker was hacked to death in broad daylight allegedly by Communist Party of India-Marxist workers at nearby Nenmeni on Sunday afternoon, the police said.
The incident occurred around 1.30 pm.
The victim, Anandan, was riding a motorcycle when he was attacked with swords and knives, allegedly by the CPI-M workers, who came in a car. He was rushed to a hospital, but his life could not be saved, the police said.
Anandan, hailing from Brahmakulam, was an accused in a case related to the murder of a CPI-M worker in 2013.
The police said Anandan’s body was shifted to Thrissur medical college hospital.
The Bharatiya Janata Party will protest against the incident on Monday.
In a statement, party state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said the ruling CPI-M was not prepared to give up violence and this is clear from Sunday’s incident.
A strike is being observed by the saffron party in Guruvayoor and Manaloor in Thrissur district.
The BJP alleged that as many as 120 of its workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in Kerala since 2001.
It claimed that 14 of these killings have taken place since Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took over the reins of the government last year.
The CPI-M in turn accused the BJP and the RSS of indulging in violence and denied the involvement of its government and leadership in political killings.
Image: Anandan, hailing from Brahmakulam, was an accused in a case relating to the murder of a CPI-M worker in 2013. Photograph: ANI/Twitter