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RSS activist's murder: All-party meetings mooted to diffuse political tension in the state

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Pinarayi holds meeting with RSS-BJP leaders Pinarayi Vijayan emerges from the meeting with BJP-RSS leaders Photo by Manoj Kumar.

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, emerging from an all-party peace meeting got up in the light of political violence in Thiruvananthapuram, said Monday that the BJP-RSS and the Left parties will, on consensus, work to prevent untoward political incidents in the state.

He said party cadres would be reigned in and utmost care would be taken to ensure that houses and party offices do not come under any attack. The chief minister said all-party meetings would be organised in places which witnessed sporadic political violence. In addition to this, there will also be an all-party meeting at Thiruvananthapuram on August 6.

CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said meetings would be convened to diffuse existing tensions, if any. He said a bilateral peace meeting would be held in Kottayam on Tuesday, where petrol bombs were hurled at an RSS office on Sunday.

Thiruvananathapuram, on the boil since the killing of an RSS worker last week, will see a peace meet on Tuesday itself. There will be another peace meeting in politically volatile Kannur, on August 5.

CPI leader Kanam Rajendran, who questioned the alleged overreach of the governor's office in summoning the CM and the state police chief in the immediate aftermath of the incident, said the violence would cease.

BJP state president Kummanan Rajasekharan said his party would support all peace initiatives of the government and the Left. Kummanam Rajasekharan, MLA O. Rajagopal, RSS leader P. Gopalankutty and CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan were present at the meeting.

The meeting was called after Kerala governor P. Sathasivam on Sunday summoned chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state police chief DGP Loknath Behra to discuss the law and order situation in the state.

After the meeting, Sathasivam said that the chief minister had assured him that lawbreakers would be dealt with sternly and that Pinarayi would meet both, the state BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan and the state RSS chief, in order to make a public appeal for peace.

E. Rajesh, 34, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was hacked to death allegedly by CPM loyalists on Saturday night, following which the BJP observed a state-wide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Sunday. 

The chief minister promised that action would be taken against law-breakers irrespective of their status and political affiliation.

Behra briefed the governor about the law and order situation and security measures taken by the police to prevent further calamities in the district.

Sathasivam also spoke on the phone with Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Kummanam Rajasekharan, and CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

Meanwhile, the police on Sunday arrested all the six people who were involved in the hacking of Rajesh and arrested two others who helped the six. Two men are allegedly on the run.

Balakrishnan told reporters here that the CPM had no role in the RSS man's murder. Police have filed an FIR in the murder on Monday saying the crime was the outcome of political and personal rivalry.

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