Deadly Kerala Politics

The Kerala High Court dismissed the bail pleas of CPI(M) legislator T. Rajesh and jailed Kannur powerful district party secretary P. Jayarajan, suspected in the murder of Indian Union Muslim League worker Abdul Shukoor in February by Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) leader Ganesh and a group of killers.

When a group of IUML workers targetted a vehicle with CPI(M) members in it in Ariyil in Kannur, Jayarajan and Rajesh got hurt. CPI(M) workers circulated pictures of IUML party workers among themselves to identify the culprits. The hunt led to zeroing in on two workers, Shukoor being one of them was tracked down and hacked to death while his cousin escaped with deep injuries.

Jayarajan is the 38th CPI(M) accused the police has arrested, while 27 leaders have been arrested since 20th February when the incident first came to light. Following this the CPI(M) called for a bandh across the state and normal life came to a standstill as a DYFI worker died in Kasargode and police stations and offices of various political parties were attacked. The Home Minister, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan confirmed that 200-odd incidents of violence were reported state-wide.