Af­ter the Mur­der, Dam­age Con­trol

CM Pi­narayi Vi­jayan acts briskly to pre-empt po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence in the af­ter­math of at­tacks on the BJP, RSS

India Today - - STATES - By Jeemon Ja­cob

Ker­ala has been in tur­moil since RSS ac­tivist Ra­jesh Ed­vakode was hacked to death in Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram on July 29. Just three days ear­lier, the BJP’s state head­quar­ters was at­tacked by a group al­legedly led by a lo­cal CPI(M) coun­cil­lor. With the BJP and RSS rais­ing the issue na­tion­ally, the Pi­narayi Vi­jayan gov­ern­ment finds it­self on the back foot. Gover­nor P. Satha­si­vam sum­moned the chief min­is­ter and DGP Lok­nath Be­hera to his of­fice and said steps must be taken to curb po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence.

Pi­narayi had ap­par­ently re­ceived an in­tel­li­gence alert a week ago that the BJP was plot­ting vi­o­lent at­tacks in the state’s north­ern districts pur­port­edly to di­vert at­ten­tion from the med­i­cal col­lege scam rock­ing Ker­ala. The of­fice of state BJP chief Kum­manam Ra­jasekha­ran faces al­le­ga­tions of in­volve­ment in the scam.

“Yes, there were in­tel­li­gence re­ports that the BJP was go­ing to un­leash vi­o­lence across the state to de­flect at­ten­tion from the med­i­cal col­lege scam. We have alerted the po­lice to take all pos­si­ble mea­sures,” Pi­narayi in­formed the state assem­bly on Au­gust 7.

The chief min­is­ter con­firmed re­ceiv­ing the in­tel­li­gence tip-off to

PTI

TALK­ING TOUGH Pi­narayi Vi­jayan at a me­dia brief­ing in Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram

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