A day after an RSS office bearer was hacked to death by alleged CPI(M) workers, the BJP on Saturday sought the imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Kannur.
The state Bharatiya Janata Party leadership called on Governor P. Sathasivam asked for AFSPA to be imposed in Kannur.
The team of party leaders, including BJP's lone legislator O. Rajagopal, told Governor that the only way to bring peace back in the region is through implementing AFSPA.
"Today the Kerala Police has become an outfit of the CPI-M and miserably failed to protect the lives and property of citizens,” Rajagopal said.
The police are always linked to the leaders of the CPI-M, who direct them. The only way peace can return to Kannur is with implementation of the AFSPAO Rajagopal, BJP MLA
He also added that the good thing is Kannur has an Army camp and they have requested the Governor to see that AFSPA is implemented.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has brushed aside the request terming it a one-off incident.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh office bearer Biju, who was an accused in the murder case of CPI(M) worker, was hacked to death on Friday evening at Payyanur in Kannur.
The state Bharatiya Janata Party leadership has accused the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist activists of the murder, which the Left party has denied.
A dawn-to-dusk shutdown is being observed in Kannur district on Saturday. So far it has passed off peacefully with shops, markets and establishments -- all closed and public vehicles off the road.
The police has registered a case against seven persons in the crime. They have found out that the murder of Biju was carried out by a gang of four persons, who came in an Innova car.
Biju along with his friend was driving a two-wheeler, when an Innova car knocked them down and he was hacked to death.
The victim, who was out on bail, was the 12th accused in the July 2016 murder of CPI-M worker Dhanaraj.
Kerala CM, meanwhile, said that things appeared to be calm following an all-party meeting that discussed political rivalries.
Vijayan, who arrived in Kannur on Saturday, said that what happened was really unfortunate.
Those talks did a world of good and everyone should be careful to see that things are under check. It was an unfortunate incident that occurred yesterday (Friday) and it is seen as a one-off incidentPinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM
Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has blamed both the CPI-M and the BJP for the happenings in Kannur. "Both these parties are responsible for what's happening in Kannur and they have to find a way out of this," said Chandy.