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Tension in Kerala’s Alappuzha after two political murders within hours

Thiruvananthapuram: Two political leaders from the BJP and SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) have been murdered in Kerala’s Alappuzha, pushing the police to ban large gatherings in the district. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has condemned the murders and assured strict action.

Late last evening, SDPI state secretary KS Shaan was murdered while he was on way home. The police said Mr Shaan was on a two-wheeler, when a gang in a car attacked him. He succumbed to his injuries at a Kochi hospital around midnight, the police said.

The party has accused the workers of the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, of engineering the attack.

Less than 12 hours later, some unidentified men barged into the house of the BJP’s Renjith Sreenivasan, who headed the party’s OBC unit, and hacked him to death.

The police are investigating the matter.

“Such heinous and inhumane acts of violence are dangerous to the state. I am sure that all the people would be ready to identify and isolate such killer groups and their hateful attitudes,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a press conference..