Kerala: Two Youth Congress workers hacked to death in Kasaragod by unidentified assailants. The deceased have been identified as Kripesh and Sarath Lal, both hailing from Kalliyode near Periya.
Meanwhile Youth Congress National Vice President Srinivas BV has alleged that CPI(M) is behind the attack. United Democratic Front (UDF) has called for a hartal in the Kasaragod district tomorrow.
Disgusted and angered beyond words.
I strongly condemn the murder of two of our congress workers Kripesh and Sharath in Periya Kerala by CPM activists.
We will conduct a dawn-dusk shutdown in kasargod district in protest of this heinous crime.
My condolences to their families pic.twitter.com/rs6VqBTIT6
— Srinivas B V (@srinivasiyc) February 17, 2019
Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy condemned the killing of Youth Congress workers and appealed that there is no room for violence in any civilized society.
It is heart-wrenching to learn that two youth Congress leaders have been killed by CPM supporters. There is no room for violence in any civilized society. I condemn this unfortunate incident in the strongest words and pray for the grieving families. pic.twitter.com/wBLS7mqGu2
— Oommen Chandy (@Oommen_Chandy) February 17, 2019
Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala lashed out at the ruling CPI(M) and expressed his strong protest against the double murder. He will visit homes of the two deceased workers on Monday.
“The CPI(M) is trying to destroy the Congress party using the party goons. The youth congress activists were attacked without any provocation. They were not involved in any kind of criminal activities. No cases were there against them. The government should identify the culprits and arrest them as soon as possible,” Chennithala told media persons.
He also alleged that the murder was a conspiracy hatched by the CPI(M) as the Lok Sabha elections are near.
However, CPI(M) district secretary M V Balakrishnan Master categorically denied any role of his party in the killings.
“We strongly condemn this murder. We are against murderous politics. We don’t have any role in this,” he told media persons.
Sources said the workers were returning home after attending a local function on Sunday night and they were stopped by a gang of unidentified people who came in a car and hacked them to death.
The identity of the attackers was yet to the confirmed, police said.