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BJP leader holds Karat responsible for RSS leader's killing

September 02, 2014 22:04 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party state president V Muraleedharan said the CPM leadership had run out of ideas and was trying to suppress its political opponents by physically intimidating them. Arun Lakshman reports

Bharatiya Janata Party national executive member and former national secretary P K Krishnadas on Tuesday called upon Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Prakash Karat to answer for the killing of RSS district leader Elanthottathil Manoj.

Krishnadas said that Karat had asked his party cadres to implement the ‘Kannur model’ in all parts of Kerala while addressing a gathering in a week ago.

Krishnadas said that after Karat’s open call, the CPM had killed two RSS leaders -- Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh local leader Suresh and Manoj. Krishnadas also demanded a CBI inquiry into Manoj’s killing.

The RSS Kannur district Sharirik Shikshan Pramukh Manoj Kumar was laid to rest in the presence of thousands of RSS, BJP and VHP activists amidst chants of sacred hymns at his residence in Kadirur near Thalassery.

Manoj Kumar alias Elanthottathil Manoj was hacked to death while he leaving home in a Maruti van along with his friend Pramod around 11 am on September 1.

Manoj was earlier attacked thrice allegedly by the CPM in 1996, 1999 and 2009 but survived the attacks.

BJP state president V Muraleedharan while speaking at Manoj’s memorial ceremony said the CPM leadership has run out of ideas and was trying to suppress its political opponents by physically intimidating them. "This has been the one political agenda that the party has been practicing since several years in Kerala," he said.

The RSS pranthkarayavahak (state secretary) P Gopalankutty Master while speaking to the gathering said that the CPM was practicing the politics of violence since 3 decades in Kannur district but had failed to suppress the RSS’ activities. He called upon the cadres to work on the high ideological belief set by Manoj and to increase the presence of the organisation in all parts of the district and villages.

Image: Elanthottathil Manoj's funeral procession led by BJP state president V Muraleedharan and Seema Jagaran Manch national joint convenor A Gopalakrishnan Photograph: Prasanth Pattan

Arun Lakshman in Thiruvananthapuram