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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Marxists make a Nandigram in Kerala

Kannur is turned into a killing field
By S. Chandrasekhar

Determined in its three-decade old adamancy that it will not let any other ideology flourish in Kannur district, the CPM is continuing its murderous tirade against RSS, brutally and savagely killing five RSS-BJP workers in Kerala in four days.

Right from the seventies, Kannur district had been the hot-bed of CPM-RSS hostility. Impressed by the RSS work during the Emergency, thousands of CPM cadres started moving to the RSS, throughout the state, sending shock waves in the CPM. To contain the outflow, the CPM started attacking RSS cadres and shakhas. Determined RSS cadres started resisting the attackers, throughout the state, forcing the CPM to retreat. The murder spree, which spread throughout the state during the eighties was restricted to Kannur district in the nineties. In Kannur district alone 200 cadres of both CPM and RSS have lost their lives, not to mention the scores who are living as vegetables with limbs amputated, houses destroyed, families orphaned and properties destroyed. The situation is so grave that RSS men cannot enter CPM-controlled villages even on occasions of death of relatives or marriages. Nobody marries into an RSS family.

The CPM attacks on RSS always get an impetus when CPM is in power. In 1998 immediately after CPM came into power, it butchered BJP district secretary Panyannur Chandran right in front of his wife. On May 1, 2003, BJYM leader K.T. Jayakrishnan, who was teaching small children, was brutally cut to pieces, with blood and body parts splashing on his students.

Ever since the CPM came into power in 2006, over 20 RSS-BJP workers have lost their lives. The ‘Butcher of Thalassery’ who orders CPM attacks on RSS, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, is the Home Minister of Kerala. After assuming the office, he openly stated that, CPM will make “bombs in police stations to attack and murder RSS cadres”. Moreover, whenever CPM plans a murder-orgy against RSS, the tough police officials who conduct raids and unearth bombs and weapons are removed and pliable police officials are posted.

For the last two to three months the CPM attack against RSS got a respite, since as a prelude to the Party Congress and State Conference the V.S. Atchudanandan and Pinarayi Vijayan factions were fighting each other! But they didn’t forget their traditional enemies in Kannur. A few weeks back, BJP national leader C.K. Padmanabhan’s home was attacked and Vidya Bharati school near Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s house was attacked and computers, equipments worth Rs. 25 lakh were destroyed.

The current round of CPM savagery against RSS started on March 5. At 3 PM in broad daylight at Narangapuram, Thalassery, an RSS activist M.P. Suresh was attacked by a CPM gang with swords, axes and bombs. He suffered serious stab and head injuries and his right hand was severed. A BJP worker and lorry driver Nikhil (22) was pulled out of his vehicle at 3.30 PM in Koolil Bazaar in Kolacherry and stabbed to death. A BJP activist Santhosh (35) was butchered by a CPM gang at Eruvatti near Koothuparambu at 6 PM.

Despite clamping of Section 144 and deployment of more than 1000 policemen in Thalassery, Dharmadam, Panur, Chokli and Koothuparamba, the state sponsored CPM war against RSS with the active support of Pinarayi Vijayan and Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was in full swing. On March 6 at 6 P.M. a swayamsevak and auto driver A Mahesh (32) was attacked with bombs, axes and swords and his head was severed. Another BJP worker Anil Kumar was stabbed in Kaitheri. Again on 7th, an RSS activist Suresh Babu (40) was killed by CPM goons, in front of his aunts’ house at Muzhikkara, near Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s residence. Surendran (64) of Thiruvangod was attacked along with another BJP activist Sajeevan (30) at 11 AM in Muzhikkara on the 7th. He died the next day.

Several offices of BJP, RSS, flag posts of BJP, homes of RSS/BJP cadres were attacked despite strong police presence and clamping of Section 144.

Police drawn from several districts remained mute spectators as there was no proper leadership and deployment. The strategy of the CPM and its Home Minister was to ‘teach the RSS a lesson’ in Kannur.

The entire media came out against the CPM murder spree. They accused the Home Minister of not giving full freedom to police to crush the violence. They said how Kannur was peaceful during non-LDF rule. The RSS Parivar held a massive demonstration in front of the Raj Bhavan and asked Governor R.L. Bhatia to intervene. BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu asked CPM to stop violence. Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani met Union Home Minister Shivaraj Patil and asked for deployment of central forces in Kannur. The Congress leaders Ramesh Chennithala and Oomen Chandy called for a CBI probe and deployment of central forces. Oomen Chandy and several Congress/UDF leaders fasted in Kannur against CPM violence. Like RSS, Congress is also at receiving end of CPM in Kannur, with several cadres being killed. Only recently Oomen Chandy led a peace march in Kannur and gave monetary assistance to Congress families orphaned by CPM savagery. The Congress led UDF also walked out of the Legislative Assembly and demanded the resignation of the Home Minister for involvement in the violence.

Balakrishnan held talks with RSS and CPM leaders in Kannur separately, since RSS refused to hold talks with CPM directly. The RSS stand was that they can never “Forgive and forget” the CPM murder spree.

The CPM savagery against RSS had its echo in the national capital, where BJYM activists protested at the CPM HQ, against the murder of their cadres in Kerala.

Then just like Venkaiah Naidu always says “kushti in Kerala and dosti in Delhi” came into place. The Congress and the CPM teamed up, to attack the BJP. Veerappa Moily and Ambika Soni visited CPM HQ, Oomen Chandy and V.S. Achudanandan condemned RSS-BJP in the same language and in Parliament both joined hands to attack the RSS.

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