A member of Communist Party of India (Marxist), 21- year old Aboobucker Siddique of Sonkal was stabbed to death by Rashtriya Swayam Sevak workers in Uppala, Kasargod. on Sunday. At 11.30 PM, Siddique was attacked by assailants and was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries
Kasargod district Police Chief has confirmed the enquiry on the political angle of the incident while DYSP of Manjeswam is leading the investigation along with a special team of 20 cops.
The police have arrested an RSS worker named Aswath in connection to the murder. He is the nephew of district level leader of BJP, Mr.Valsaraj. All of the assailants have been identified by the police.
CPIM Kasaragod district secretary M V Balakrishnan alleged that the RSS and BJP were involved in the murder. In response to the incident, CPIM has also called for a hartal (bandh) in Manjeshwaram taluk. .
Aboobucker was working in Doha and was visiting Kerala for a few days. The assailants came in motorbikes and left the bike at the murder spot before fleeing. Though Aboobucker was immediately taken to hospital in Manjeswaram, he succumbed to his injuries. His remains have now been moved to Kasargod. After completing inquest, the body was taken to Medical college, Pariyaram for detailed postmortem. According to the inquest report, the stab wound on his stomach caused his death.
According to a report by Scroll, at least 30 workers from both CPIM and RSS have lost their lives between 2000 and 2016. Kannur district alone reported 69 political murders in this period. The police records show that 172 political murders have occurred from 2000 to 2017 in the state of Kerala. Of these, the RSS and the BJP have together lost 65 party workers, while 85 of the CPI (M)’s workers have been killed. 11 activists each of the Congress and the IUML have also been killed in this period. From February 2016 to July 2017, 10 RSS or BJP workers, and four CPI (M) workers have been murdered, allegedly for their political affiliations.
Aboobucker’s murder shows that the list will continue unless a collective effort is put by all political parties and the civil society.