Kerala political violence: One more RSS man arrested for SDPI leader Shan's murder

KS Shan
SDPI state secretary KS Shan.

A local leader of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leader K S Shan in Kerala's Alappuzha.

Aneesh, the district pracharak of RSS in Aluva, is a native of Malappuram. Aneesh is charged with arranging a hideout for those who conspired to murder Shan.


So far, 15 accused have been arrested for the murder which took place on December 18. One more accused is yet to be nabbed.


The murder of K S Shan, a leader of the Social Democratic Party of India in Kerala's Alappuzha district, was an act of revenge committed by the members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), according to the police.


Shan, the state secretary of SDPI, the political arm of the Islamic organisation Popular Front of India, was killed by a gang while he was on his way home in Alappuzha, while the BJP OBC Morcha state secretary Ranjeet Sreenivas was hacked to death in front of his family by some assailants in his house the next morning in the same district.


Shan was murdered to avenge the killing of RSS activist Nandu Krishna, as per the remand report filed by the probe team in a court. The police, in their report, state that the revenge murder was planned at a meeting held in Cherthala two months ago. The perpetrators of the crime also met on December 15.


The police said some leaders of the RSS knew about the plan.


ADGP (Law and Order) Vijay Sakhare is heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into the recent back-to-back murders of Shan and Ranjeet.


The senior officer said the culprits who killed the BJP OBC Morcha leader have been identified and police teams have already gone to nab them. Earlier, Sakhare said as all those directly involved in the crime had managed to escape to another state, Kerala police have sought assistance from their counterparts in the neighbouring states to nab them.



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