K. Surendran | Photo: Biju Varghese | Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Reacting to the alleged political killings in Palakkad, BJP state president K Surendran raised sharp criticism against the Kerala government and police.
Addressing the media in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, he alleged that the state government and the police were "facilitating terrorists to kill people".
"It was the failure on part of the police that resulted in the Alappuzha and Palakkad incidents. Police was not cautious enough and this led to the murder of the RSS worker," Surendran said.
Union Minister V Muraleedharan, in a statement, said the murder of the RSS worker in broad daylight was the latest example of the deteriorating law and order situation in Kerala.
"The law and order situation is worsening in the state. It's worrying that in a state where the Chief Minister himself is handling the Home Ministry, the police department is in shambles," Muraleedharan said.
CPM District Secretary E N Suresh Babu alleged that the RSS and the SDPI were trying to create and spread unrest in Palakkad district.
"The BJP state chief (K Surendran) visited Palakkad two days before the SDPI worker was killed. The involvement of the top leadership of the BJP must be probed. Both the murders must be probed and the culprits must be brought to justice. The RSS and SDPI workers are roaming around with the intention to create riots in the state," the CPM said.
Kerala on Saturday witnessed a second political murder within a span of 24 hours in Palakkad district, where an RSS leader was hacked to death in the afternoon by a bike-borne gang, which the police suspect as a retaliation to the murder of an SDPI leader the previous day.
S K Srinivasan (45), a former district leader and office-bearer of RSS, was attacked by a six-member gang at his motorbike shop in Melamuri near here, police said.
The incident occurred less than 24 hours after an SDPI leader Subair was killed in a village near here, allegedly by the RSS.
(with inputs from PTI)