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BJP-RSS shutdown against murder hits in Kerala


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Thiruvananthapuram: Thousands were stranded at bus and railway stations across Kerala Tuesday as a BJP-RSS sponsored shutdown to protest the murder of a RSS leader derailed life in the state.
Minor incidents of sporadic attacks on motorists who defied the strike call were reported in parts of Kerala.
Across Kerala, shops, businesses and markets were deserted. The government declared a holiday for all educational institutions.
Attendance in government offices was said to be thin.
Barring two-wheelers and some private vehicles, the streets were mostly deserted. Buses of the state-owned transport department and private buses did not venture out fearing attacks by protesters.
In some places, a few buses that came on to the roads were stoned by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) activists. The crew quickly called off the service.
The dawn-to-dusk shutdown was called to protest the killing Monday of RSS leader K.T. Manoj in Kannur district.
Unknown assailants first hurled bombs at his vehicle and then attacked him with swords, police said.
Kannur has for years seen clashes between BJP-RSS activists and supporters of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) but the violence had waned in recent times.
Police said they were looking for a few CPI-M activists alleged to be behind the murder of RSS activist Manoj.
Former BJP state president P.K. Krishna Das said both the Congress and the CPI-M “are hand in glove against us”.
“We will soon demand a new probe by a different agency into this gruesome murder,” said Das. (IANS)


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