Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 31 : Onam festivities in Kerala began on a sour note with the killing of two activists attached to the youth wing of the CPI-M. They were hacked to death by a group of five people. The dead include 24-year-old Haq Mohammed and 32-year-old Mithilaj.
The incident occurred on Sunday night, at Venjaramoodu, about 25 kms from the state capital suburbs. Four suspects are now in police custody. While the top CPI-M leadership including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the twin murder and ordered a probe into it, the Congress said their party has no role in it, which the local police too have now confirmed.
The incident occurred close to midnight when the two deceased who were travelling on a bike, were stopped and attacked by five people who came on two bikes. While Mithilaj died on the spot, Mohammed died at the hospital.
Chief minister Vijayan wrote on Facebook that all those behind these brutal murders would be arrested and the reason behind the gruesome killings will be unravelled. CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said on Thiru Onam day, the Congress party has created a floral carpet with blood.
“Two youths have been brutally murdered and this is the outcome of a conspiracy of the Congress party. We demand all those behind this should be arrested,” said Balakrishnan.
But Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala said that the Congress party has no role in the killings. “The ruling CPI-M is trying to create a smokescreen over this incident. The Congress party has no role in this and the CPI-M wants to use this episode to cover up their failures in governance and want to use this for political reasons,” said Chennithala.
Meanwhile a top police official said that this was an incident which happened following a personal rivalry that has been going on for a while. In a related incident, angry youth wing members of the CPI-M clashed with Youth Congress activists sitting on a protest in front of the Public Service Commission.
The police swung into action and managed to defuse the situation and in the melee, youths from the rival factions suffered injuries.