Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai on Monday said the Kerala government was trying to crush the growing popularity of the BJP in the southern state. The minister is in Kerala to pay tribute to slain BJP leader Ranjith Srinivas, who is also the state secretary of the party’s OBC Morcha.
Police had said it suspected that Srinivas was murdered in retaliation for the killing of SDPI state secretary KS Shan on Saturday. The Union Minister told reporters here that the law and order situation in Kerala is “poor” and that is why these killings are taking place.
“The state government wants that the growing popularity of BJP and the increase in public support for it should be crushed by any means,” he said. For this he is protecting those who were involved in the murder and also protecting those whom it would be shameful to protect.” The minister said that he would only ask the state government to ensure that all such cases There should be proper investigation and the culprits should be arrested.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed in the entire Alappuzha district due to the killings and an all-party meeting was called. According to district officials, the all-party meeting will be held on Monday afternoon.
Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) state secretary Shan was brutally attacked on Saturday night when he was on his way back home. Police said that he was on his way home when a car rammed into his bike and as he fell down, the assailants injured around 40, leading to his death. Shaan succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Kochi around midnight and was buried on Sunday evening.
Hours after Shan’s death, Srinivas was hacked to death in front of his family by some assailants who barged into his house on Sunday morning. The BJP leader’s last rites will be performed later in the day.