NEW DELHI: Claiming that 14 of its workers have been killed in Kerala since October last year, RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale on Friday demanded that there should be a credible judicial enquiry into the incidents of political killings in the State. He alleged that “State-sponsored killings by the ruffians of the Left have been unleashed in Kerala”.
While Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to visit the home of the slain RSS worker Rajesh recently killed, the RSS has launched a major drive to sensitise Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members as well as provide background briefing to BJP leaders to raise the issue in Parliament.
Speaking to reporters here, Hosabale said that the meeting called by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the issue of the ongoing political violence in the State was a sham. “The meeting was called for the sake of formality. We had petitioned former President Pranab Mukherjee also on the issue. We have held protests across the country. But we understand that our workers are facing violence as part of the State-sponsored programme,” alleged Hosbole.
The RSS leader demanded that the State government immediately order a judicial enquiry, which must be headed by a judge of either Kerala High Court or the Supreme Court. He also stated that the RSS would call upon the Centre to ensure that the State government pays attention to the issue of law and order.
Hosbole lamented that while a few deaths get national attention if they belong to the minority community, the continued killings of Dalit workers of the RSS don’t capture the focus of some people.
Hosabale noted that the national executive meeting of the RSS, which was held in Hyderabad in October last year, had also passed a resolution against political violence in Kerala