Two people—a CPM worker and a Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) worker—were murdered by unidentified assailants in the politically volatile Kannur district of Kerala on Monday night.
According to media reports, a gang who came in motorcycles attacked 38-year-old Dhanaraj with machetes around 10.30 pm at his house. The gang had followed the deceased, who was coming home, and hacked him in front of his family members.
Although he was rushed to Pariyaram Medical College Hospital, he succumbed on the way.
CPM sources claimed that BJP workers were behind the murder. The party has called for a hartal in the Payyannur Assembly constituency of the district.
Within three hours of the murder, a BMS worker—C.K. Ramachandran (46)—was murdered at his home. The attackers first hurled a crude bomb at his home to create a tense atmosphere before hacking him to death.
The BJP sources have said CPM workers are responsible for the murder. BMS is the labour wing of the RSS.
In the wake of the murders, tension has gripped the area and there has been reports of a few isolated incidents of violence.
Police suspect the murder was related to the political violence in the district post elections.
(With agency inputs)