18/02/2019 10:02 AM IST

Hartal In Kerala After 2 Youth Congress Workers Hacked To Death

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala lashed out at the ruling CPI(M), which denied involvement in the double murder.

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KASARGOD — Youth Congress has called for an hartal in Kerala on Monday after two of its workers were allegedly hacked to death by unidentified assailants in the northern district of Kasargod late Sunday night.

The incident took place at around 8 pm and the deceased were identified as Kripesh and Sarath Lal (24), a senior police official told PTI.

“Two youths have been killed. We have just confirmed the identity of the deceased. Further investigation is on,” police said.

Sources said the workers were returning home after attending a local function on Sunday night and they were stopped by a gang of unidentified people who came in a car and hacked them to death.

The identity of the attackers was yet to the confirmed, police said. 

CPI(M) denies role

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala lashed out at the ruling CPI(M) and expressed his strong protest against the double murder.

He will visit homes of the two deceased workers on Monday.

“The CPI(M) is trying to destroy the Congress party using the party goons. The youth congress activists were attacked without any provocation. They were not involved in any kind of criminal activities. No cases were there against them. The government should identify the culprits and arrest them as soon as possible,” Chennithala told media persons.

He also alleged that the murder was a conspiracy hatched by the CPI(M) as the Lok Sabha elections are near.

However, CPI(M) district secretary M V Balakrishnan Master categorically denied any role of his party in the killings.

“We strongly condemn this murder. We are against murderous politics. We don’t have any role in this,” he told media persons.

Exams postponed

The model exam for SSLC has been postponed in view of the bandh, Malayala Manorama reported.

Kerala University, Calicut University, MG University and Kannur University also postponed exams scheduled for Monday, Mathrubhumi reported.

 (With inputs from PTI)