THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram has been put under tight police cover with RSS and BJP workers planning to take slain RSS 'Karyavahak' Rajesh's body in a funeral procession.
Large numbers of party men, led by BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, O Rajagopal MLA and district president S Suresh were present at the medical college in Thiruvananthapuram where the post mortem was underway. After it gets over, the body will be taken to Rajesh's home at Sreekaryam.
By 4 pm, the body will be taken to the Santhi Kavadam crematorium at Thycaud, a distance of nearly 10 km from Sreekaryam, in a funeral procession, the BJP said.
Thiruvananthapuram city police commissioner Sparjan Kumar said police personnel will be deployed to cover the entire route of the procession.
In view of the situation, the district administration has banned marches and processions in the city for the next three days. State police chief Loknath Behera said police have been instructed to strictly deal with any attempt for violence and adequate force have been deployed in all sensitive spots.
He said spreading rumors and provocative messages through social media would also attract legal action.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CPM state secretary, denied that the CPM had any role in the murder. Balakrishnan said, the BJP was trying to stir up trouble by accusing CPM of the murder. He said, the murder was prompted by personal enmity and family issues but the BJP was trying to make political gains by calling a hartal.
On the other hand, the BJP district president S Suresh alleged that CPM district secretary Anavoor Nagappan was involved in the incident. CPM is trying to transform Thiruvananthapuram into another Kannur, he alleged.
Meanwhile, union home minister Rajnath Singh told the Kerala government that political violence was unacceptable in a democracy.
Responding to the brutal murder of RSS worker Rajesh, Singh tweeted that he had spoken to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the ''recent incidents of political violence'' in the state. ''I have expressed my concern with the law and order situation in the state of Kerala. Political violence is unacceptable in a democracy,'' he said, adding that he expected the political violence in the state was curbed and that the perpetrators were brought to justice expeditiously.