Two more held in Kerala for hacking RSS man to death; number of arrests made goes up to 11

Thiruvananthapuram: Two more persons have been taken into custody in connection with the killing of an RSS worker on 29 July, police said on Monday.

With this, the total number of persons nabbed so far has gone up to 11, they said.

 Two more held in Kerala for hacking RSS man to death; number of arrests made goes up to 11

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City Police Commissioner G Sparjan Kumar said two more persons were taken into custody on Monday and their interrogation was underway.

"They were held from different places. With this, the total number of persons held in the case so far is 11," he told PTI.

Five or six persons were directly involved in the crime and the rest were involved in the conspiracy, he said.

Police recorded the arrest of seven persons on Saturday.

Two others are in custody.

Rajesh, the RSS functionary, was hacked to death by a gang, allegedly led by a history-sheeter, on Saturday night. His left arm was chopped off and there were several other injuries all over his body.

The BJP has alleged that the CPM was behind the cruel act, a charge which the ruling party has dismissed.

In view of a series of clashes between the CPM and BJP and the murder of the RSS worker here, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Director General of Police Loknath Behera were summoned by Governor P Sathasivam on Sunday and apprised him of steps taken in the case.

Earlier on Monday, a meeting between Vijayan and top BJP-RSS leaders had agreed to support initiatives to promote peace and shun violence.

The meeting called by Vijayan also decided to convene an all-party meet here on 6 August.

The state has been witnessing a serious of violent incidents allegedly involving BJP-RSS and CPM workers with the capital city rocked by incidents of attacks on houses of rival partymen in the past few days.

Updated Date: Jul 31, 2017 21:46:05 IST