Explosion in building owned by RSS worker, cops seize half kg gunpowder

KANNUR: Police in Kerala say that a building owned by RSS worker Valayangadan Raghu was damaged in an explosion in Kannur.

Police have also seized half kg gunpowder from the building.

In September this year, cops had recovered sven high-explosive steels bombs from the local office of the RSS-run temple in Kannur. The bombs were found in buckets covered with sacks, near the Vaireeghaathakan Bhagavathi temple at Kottathe Kunnu locality, Punnad in Keezhur-Chavassery panchayat.

The incident falls months after a 34-year-old Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader’s murder in Kozhikode.

A dawn-to-dusk shutdown was called by the BJP after an RSS activist was killed, which derailed normal life across Kerala in July, 2017 even as police arrested eight persons allegedly linked to the ruling CPI-M for the killing.

After being summoned by Governor P. Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan promised that action would be taken against law-breakers irrespective of their status and political affiliation. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also told him to curb political violence.

The Bharatiya Janata Party called the shutdown after E. Rajesh, 34, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), was hacked to death here on a Saturday night. He died a few hours later.

All shops and markets across the state were shut and all public vehicles went off the roads, residents and officials said. The few private vehicles which plied faced angry BJP and RSS activists.

Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra told reporters that all but one of those involved in the crime has been arrested.



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