The chief of the RSS, Mohan Bhagwat who was restrained from hoisting the Tricolour has now unfurled the flag at a school in Kerala. The decision to allow the RSS chief to hoist the flag was taken after a protest by the BJP.
In its chargesheet the National Investigation Agency has said that an Islamic State module from Kanakamala in Kannur had conspired and conducted preparations to target prominent persons including Judges of High Court, political leaders and senior police officers.
How many RSS workers have been killed in Kerala is a questioning that many are asking amidst the never ending political violence in the state. On Sunday Union Minister Arun Jaitley who visited the house of a slain RSS worker said even a terrorist would be put to shame looking at such instances of violence. With political murders on the rise, it would be important to look at the data relating to the number of deaths of RSS, CPM and Congress workers who have been killed in political political violence.
Kerala is witness to a lot of activity which includes political murders, the rise of Wahhabism and hawala. A state that is coping with so many pressing issues has another problem to deal with and that is a possible outbreak of an all out Sunni vs Shia fight. Several Muslim intellectuals in recent discussions have been pointing to a sustained campaign by Iran to push in the Shia ideology in Kerala. The Sunnis say that the Constitution does not bar the presence of Shias, but they need to be truthful about their presence.
The National Investigation Agency conducted searches on three operatives suspected to be part of the Islamic State in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Raids were conducted at Coimbatore and Alappuzha while probing its ISIS Omar-al-Hindi module case.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed concern over the killing of an RSS worker in Kerala. E Rajesh an RSS worker was attacked by four youth wing activists of the CPI-M on Saturday at Tiruvananthapuram. He succumbed to injuries.
Several incidents of violence have been reported in Kerala and the BJP’s state office too was vandalised. Since last night workers of both parties have gone on a rampage and attacked many houses of leaders. The houses of CMP leader K Balakrishna and several BJP councillors were also attacked in the violence.
Kerala’s problems with the Islamic State appear to be never ending. Apart from the 21 persons from Kerala who joined the ISIS in Afghanistan, there are now reports that suggest that some had crossed over to Syria to fight alongside the outfit.
In Kerala President-elect Ram Nath Kovind bagged just one vote. On the other hand, Meira Kumar drew a blank in the once strong Congress bastion of Andhra Pradesh. In Kerala the total number of votes were 140. While Kovind bagged 1, Meira Kumar got 138. 3 votes were declared invalid.
The Intelligence Bureau has found that five from Kerala had been killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Kerala. The five hailed from the Malabar region and were killed four months back, an Intelligence Bureau report said. The first news came out when the relatives of Sibi from Kanjikkode in Palakkad were told about his death. The family were under the impression that he was working in Bahrain. Later on the IB found that he was linked to Yahya alias Esa who had joined the ISIS in July 2016.