Youth Cong man hacked to death at Mattannur


A Youth Congress leader was hacked to death last night in Kerala's Kannur district.

Congress's leader of opposition in the Kerala assembly, Ramesh Chennithala has accused the ruling CPI (M) of being involved in the murder.

Mr. Antony said that the CPI (M)'s attitude was that it could get away with anything when it was in power. However, adding to the charges, a video of CPI (M) workers raising slogans against the deceased has been doing the rounds now.

Shuhaib, 30, was the Youth Congress president of Keezhallor mandalam in Kannur district and the police have said that he was targeted by a four-member gang when he was at a roadside eatery with two of his friends. The incident only serves to show that the CPI (M) was not willing to give up its cult of political violence.

Mattanur police have registered a case under IPC sections 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by unsafe weapons or means), 307 (Attempt to murder), 302 r/w 34 and section 3 & 5 of explosive act. Police said the killing was a continuation of last month's incident. "Since then the CPI (M) had announced publicly that his days are numbered".

Police said three weeks' back, Shuhaib was remanded following a clash between SFI and KSU at Edayannur Higher Secondary School. "Criminal gangs are having a field day (in Kannur) using the political muscle of their bosses".

In the wake of the incident, the Congress party has called for a dawn-to-dusk shut down in Kannur on Tuesday, but has said that vehicles will be allowed to ply. The Congress has raised doubts on whether any action would be taken against the perpetrators. "It seems the party can't survive without violence", said district Congress (DCC) president Satheesan Pacheni.