KANNUR: Three CPM activists were hacked allegedly by RSS workers at Varapara near Panoor in Thalassery on Sunday morning, in a clear indication that the rivalry between the saffron brigade and the communists are spilling over to the new year in Kannur, the hotbed of political rivalry between BJP and the CPM.
According to police, the victims Rajilesh (29), son of Babu, Ashwanth (26) son of Balan and Athul (26), son of Chathuti -- all hailing from Varapara -- were hacked by a gang of five RSS activists in Varapara at about 3.30 AM. The three have suffered severe injuries.
The incident began after altercations over political graffiti on the road while celebrating the new year. All were in an inebriated condition when a scuffle ensued between the two groups, police said. The arguments ended up in a fight and the gang attacked the victims with sharp weapons.
The health condition of Rajilesh is reportedly critical and all the other injured have been admitted to Kozhikode Medical College for treatment.
Police filed a case and investigation is in progress.