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8 SDPI members held for RSS worker's death in Kerala, Section 144 imposed in 2 taluks

India Today logo India Today 25-02-2021 India Today Web Desk
a man wearing a blue shirt: 8 SDPI members held for RSS worker's death in Kerala, Section 144 imposed in 3 taluks 8 SDPI members held for RSS worker's death in Kerala, Section 144 imposed in 3 taluks

The Kerala Police on Thursday arrested eight members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) for their involvement in the killing of a 23-year-old RSS worker in the Alappuzha district.

Apart from the arrest, prohibitory orders were also imposed in two taluks of the district as tensions remained high over the death of the RSS worker Nandu.

EIGHT SDPI WORKERS HELD

Police said they have arrested eight workers of the SDPI, a political offshoot of Popular Front of India (PFI), in connection with the killing of RSS worker Nandu.

He was allegedly hacked to death by the workers of the SDPI following a clash between the two groups.

The body of the RSS worker was cremated on Thursday.

SECTION 144 IMPOSED IN 2 TALUKS

Meanwhile, minor incidents of violence were reported in parts of Cherthala after the clashes between SDPI and RSS workers.

Following this, the district administration imposed Section 144 of CrPC in Cherthala and Ambalapuzha taluks for three days.

BJP OBSERVES DAY-LONG PROTEST

The BJP observed a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the district to protest the killing of the RSS worker in Nagamkulangara near Cherthala late Wednesday, accusing the LDF government of siding with the culprits.

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister V Muraleedharan claimed that both the Communists and the Congress were encouraging "terror outfits like Popular Front of India" in the state to keep them as their vote bank.

RSS, SDPI WORKERS CLASH IN ALAPPUZHA

According to reports, tensions had been brewing in the area following a march organised by the SDPI recently in protest against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Kerala visit to inaugurate BJPs Vijay Yatra from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram.

The area had witnessed back-to-back protest marches by the two sides following the SDPI programme.

On Wednesday, a 23-year-old man, identified as Nandu, was allegedly hacked to death by SDPI workers after they clashed with RSS men near Vayalar town in Alappuzha.

According to the police, at least six people belonging to the SDPI and the RSS were injured in the clash.

The SDPI Alappuzha district committee, on the other hand, alleged it was the RSS workers who had carried out "a planned attack" against its campaign organised in Nagamkulangara.

The BJP, meanwhile, also alleged that the killing of an RSS worker was pre-planned. The BJP also added that two workers are in critical condition.

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