The recent bout of violence in Kannur district was unleashed by the targeted killings of CPI(M) workers. The murderous politics of the RSS in Kerala is not of recent origin. The RSS began its murder campaign originally as the tool of capitalists and owners who wanted to smash the unions and the working class movement in Kannur. Subsequently, the RSS has spread its murder politics throughout the state. The first fact to be understood is that the RSS has been assassinating CPI(M) workers in different parts of Kerala, though Kannur district has been the concentrated target. The second fact to be noted is that there has been a spurt in the attacks on the CPI(M) since the LDF government came into office in May, 2006. The BJP and the RSS are making the false propaganda that the CPI(M) is resorting to violence against them and getting the protection of the state government. But the opposite is true. Since June 2006, till now, 12 workers and supporters of the CPI(M) have been murdered by the RSS-BJP gangs. Among these 12, two were killed in Thrissur district, two in Palakkad district, one in Kollam district and seven in Kannur district.
Murders of CPI(M) Workers by BJP-RSS
(Since LDF government took office – June 2006 to March 2008)
That the RSS-BJP stepped up its attacks in the recent months can be seen from the way two CPI(M) members were killed in Malampuzha in Palakkad district. Gopalakrishnan and Raveendran were ambushed on 29 October, 2007 and attacked with lethal weapons. As a result, both of them died on the spot.
This was followed by the murders of two CPI(M) workers in Kannur district – Sudhir Kumar and Pavithran – in November, 2007. Sudhir Kumar was killed in Thalassery and Pavithran in Kathiroor. Two more murders occurred in quick succession in the district on January 14 and January 26, 2008. In the first incident, the victim was Dhanesh (aged 24) who was killed with swords while going back to his home. The second murder was of K. P. Jijesh who was killed while returning to his house after attending a marriage. These four murders in Kannur district by the RSS is the background in which the recent bout of violence, in the beginning of March, took place in which two more CPI(M) workers were killed.
CPI(M) Workers Killed in Kannur District
(Since LDF government took office)
Seven CPI(M) workers were killed by RSS-BJP goons in Kannur district since LDF government took office:That the RSS has been organising the attacks and unleashing its armed goons can be seen from the fact that there have been 12 other incidents of attacks on cadres and Party offices of the CPI(M), in the months of January and February in 2008, a list of which is given below.
The RSS and the BJP in Kerala are a degenerated, vicious anti-Communist force. The RSS in Kerala has in its ranks lumpen anti-socials on hire to kill the CPI(M) and target the minorities. The BJP has been exposed by its own leaders as an outfit which sells its vote to the highest bidder during elections.
The CPI(M) in Kerala is a Party with a big mass base and support from all sections of the people. It does not have to demean itself by resorting to violence against an ineffective political force. It is the RSS and its political front which plays the dangerous game of physical annihilation of the CPI(M) as it stands in the way of its rabid communal ideology and politics.