[<<While Kannur has been witnessing political killings between CPI(M) and
BJP workers, this is the first time in 20 years that a Congress worker has
been targeted.>>

This will, quite evidently, work to the advantage of the BJP.

In the context of exclusively the state politics, however, the
strengthening of the BJP actually works to the advantage of the CPI(M), by
weakening its main electoral rival, the Congress.

But that would be an utterly shortsighted view of the already present and
constantly heightening threat that the BJP/RSS pose to Indians, in general
and just not the religious minorities, not excluding the CPI(M) by any
stretch.]

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/weeks-after-cpm-said-his-days-numbered-youth-cong-leader-hacked-to-death-in-kerala-5063087/

Weeks after CPM said his days numbered, Youth Congress leader hacked to
death in Kannur
Denying the CPI(M)’s involvement, party district secretary P Jayarajan
said: “The CPI(M) strongly condemns the killing. The party is not involved.
We will probe, and if any worker is found to be involved, strong action
will be taken."

Written by Shaju Philip |

Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: February 14, 2018 9:53 am

 Hyderabad teenager suicide, school student hangs herself, student killed
after non-payment of fees, Hyderabad News, Indian Express According to
sources, Shuhaib sustained over two dozen wounds. He was rushed to a
hospital in Kozhikode, but died on the way. (Representational)

A month after CPI(M) workers raised slogans warning him that his “days are
numbered”, a local Youth Congress leader was hacked to death in Kannur
district late on Monday night. According to police, S P Shuhaib, 29, Youth
Congress block secretary at Mattannur in Kannur district, was at a roadside
eatery at Edayannur, under Mattannur police station, when he was attacked
by four men around 11.30 pm on Monday.

Police said the men first hurled crude bombs, to create panic, before
attacking Shuhaib with swords. According to sources, Shuhaib sustained over
two dozen wounds. He was rushed to a hospital in Kozhikode, but died on the
way. His friends, P P Noushad and Riyas, were also injured in the attack.
“Going by the details we have so far, it appears to be a political murder.
However, we are yet to identify the gang involved in the killing,’’ said
Kannur SP G Siva Vikram. Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said Kannur was
witnessing CPI(M)’s “red terrorism”.

“CPI(M) has taken the law in its hands. Ever since the party came to power
in 2016, there have been 21 political killings in Kannur. CPI(M) does not
allow any other party to function. The killing is heinous and shocking,” he
said, as he asked his party workers to “maintain restraint”.

SP Shuhaib, 29, Youth Congress block secretary at Mattannur in Kannur
district, was at a roadside eatery at Edayannur, under Mattannur police
station, when he was attacked by four men around 11.30 pm on Monday.

Denying the CPI(M)’s involvement, party district secretary P Jayarajan
said: “The CPI(M) strongly condemns the killing. The party is not involved.
We will probe, and if any worker is found to be involved, strong action
will be taken against him.” Police sources said the killing followed a
clash between SFI and KSU, the student outfits of CPI(M) and Congress
respectively, at a higher secondary school at Edayannur, a Congress pocket
in CPI(M)-ruled Keezhalloor village panchayat, about a month ago.

“The issue was taken outside the school campus by the mother parties. A
group of CITU workers, the CPI(M)’s trade union wing, from nearby Chalode
town went to Edayannur, where they attacked a club managed by Congress on
January 12. A group of Congress workers, led by Shuhaib, confronted the
CITU men, the same night,’’ said a police source.

Police registered cases against both sides. Shuhaib and two other Congress
workers were arrested on charges of attempt to murder on January 12. He was
sent to judicial custody but released on bail on January 27. Following the
clash at Edayannur, CPI(M) workers organised a protest march on January 13,
where they raised provocative slogans. Naming Shuhaib, they warned him that
his “days were numbered”. While Kannur has been witnessing political
killings between CPI(M) and BJP workers, this is the first time in 20 years
that a Congress worker has been targeted.

Shuhaib was working in Dubai until eight months ago, when he returned home
to look after his parents and three sisters. The Congress observed a
dawn-to-dusk bandh in the district on Tuesday to protest against his
killing.


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