Kerala BJP chief booked for spreading 'false' report on RSS worker murder


It was the BJP state secretary Shobha Surendran who had said that the Governor should quit if he is afraid of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Cornered over the sharing of a "fake" video of CPM workers celebrating the killing of RSS activist C Biju last week on social media, Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan maintained on Tuesday that the content of the video was authentic.

Last Friday, Biju, an RSS worker and also the 12th accused in a murder case involving a CPI-M worker past year at Payyanur, was first knocked down by an Innova vehicle and then hacked to death.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah on Tuesday strongly criticized the Kerala Government over the rampant political killings in the state especially those of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers. Political and administrative action is needed to bring an end to the political violence in the district. However, Surendran was in no mood to climb down, pointing out that Rudy only said constitutional bodies should be respected and he didn't denounce her remark.

O. Rajagopal, the lone BJP legislator in the state assembly, on Saturday submitted a memorandum to governor P. Sathasivam, demanding Kannur be declared a disturbed area and AFSPA imposed. He, however, sounded sceptical about the BJP leadership's demand for imposition of AFSPA in Kannur now.

He will also attend the BJP party convention at Payyanur.

Vijayan also cast doubts on the veracity of the video, saying nobody has seen such a celebration, and that the local police has denied it ever happened. Two hours after the murder, one of the suspects in the case, C.K. Ramachandran, a BJP-RSS worker was hacked to death. Meanwhile, N P Raneesh (28) and K V Jyothish (26), who were arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of RSS worker Choorakkattu Biju, were remanded in judicial custody by the judicial first class magistrate court in Payyannur.