Kerala Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief K Surendran on 16 November met Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and called for a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the murder of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker Sanjith.
On 15 November, a group of SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) members allegedly killed Sanjith (20) at Ellapully in Kerala’s Palakkad district. SDPI is the political arm of the Popular Front of India (PFI).
While interacting with reporters, Surendran said, “We have demanded an NIA probe as all know that the hands of the Kerala Police are tied.”
“It has been 24 hours since the brutal crime, which is now understood to be a well planned and organised crime by the SDPI. Sanjith was getting death threats for the past few months,” he said.
Surendran further claimed that the SDPI is receiving the support of both the Kerala Police as well as the state government.
“In the past two weeks, this is the second incident of murder of an RSS worker by SDPI, and there is a striking similarity in the way the killings have been done,” he said, adding: “We will now request Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for an NIA probe. We will also meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah with the same demand, as only an NIA probe will bring out the truth as this is terror killing.”
According to Sanjith’s wife, the crime was committed by five people and she can identify all of them.
Sanjith and his wife were on a motorcycle when they were allegedly attacked by five people in a car at 9 AM. The RSS worker was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Seven teams have been constituted by the Kerala Police to investigate the crime.
Earlier today, the police recovered four sharp machetes located 4 km away from the spot of the RSS activist’s murder. The machetes were bloodstained were lying on the roadside. The police team has taken the weapons in their custody and are probing the matter further. The team is exploring possible links in Ernakulam, Thrissur areas.