Thiruvananthapuram: The assassinations of a Popular Front of India activist and a former RSS activist have created a tense situation in Kerala, which could lead to religious fires. State intelligence sources have warned the government that it will face serious difficulties if strict action is not taken against the perpetrators.
Zubair, 44, a Popular Front of India worker, was killed in a car crash on Friday while returning home with his father Abubakar after attending prayers at a local mosque. Within 24 hours of the assassination of Subair, a local RSS leader and former ‘campaigner’, Srinivasan, 45, was hacked to death by a suspected PFI / SDPIR gang.
Subair is suspected to have been killed in retaliation for the November 15, 2021 murder of RSS activist Sanjit, police said.
Central intelligence agencies have also warned the state government that the situation could get out of hand if the issue is not dealt with strictly.
Recently, MK Ashraf, an SDPI activist from Muvattupuzha in Kerala, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for embezzlement and misappropriation of income. Ashraf has been accused of being one of the main sources of funding for SDPI and PFI. The arrest of journalist Siddique Kappan in Uttar Pradesh on his way to Hathras in 2020 was also a blow to the SDPI, after Uttar Pradesh police alleged that the Keralite, who has been living in New Delhi for many years, was part of the PFI group. . Police and central agencies opposed Coupon Bail, claiming that he was involved in a number of anti-national activities and that this would also affect the SDPI in Kerala.
With the assassination of the RSS leader, the Union Home Ministry is likely to take further action and hence the state government should take stern action against the perpetrators of the crime.
Sources told IANS that about 50 RSS and PFI activists were detained in Palakkad and some district level leaders of the two organizations would be interrogated and taken into custody if necessary.
The killings over the past two days have eroded the festive spirit in the state. Kerala New Year is celebrated on Friday, Easter Sunday and is the holy month of Ramadan for the Muslim community. A strong police team led by Additional Director General of Police, Vijay Sakhare is camping in the area to prevent any untoward incidents.