Puducherry: CPI(M) Calls For Bandh in Mahe After Party Member's Murder

Sergio Conner
May 8, 2018

A CPI (M) worker was hacked to death in Mahe, a district under union territory of Puducherry, adjacent to Kerala's politically-sensitive Kannur district on Monday night. Following the brutal murder of Babu, a RSS worker Shamej, 42, was attacked allegedly by CPI (M) men in retaliation. He was rushed to Calicut Medical College but was declared as brought dead.

Mahe: Tension prevailed in Kannur, where the CPM and BJP have called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal to protest the killings of their partymen in a fresh bout of political violence. Meanwhile soon after this, RSS worker Shanoj was attacked near New Mahe and taken to a hospital near here, where she later succumbed. He is survived by wife Deepa and son Abhinav.

Mahe police identified the murdered CPI (M) worker as Kannipoyil Babu, 45, a native of Pallur in Mahe.

Puducherry: CPI(M) Calls For Bandh in Mahe After Party Member's Murder

The incident occurred at around 9 pm. The party, in a statement, blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the murder and said that the right-wing party seems in "no mood to end the politics of violence".

The CPI (M) said that Babu' s house had come under bomb attack six months ago.

Following the twin murders, a tense situation is prevailing in Mahe and adjacent regions of Kannur district. Police said further details were not immediately available.

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