[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]A[/dropcap] senior BJP functionary in Tamil Nadu was found dead in his coconut plantation on Friday morning as his close relations charge that it as a gruesome murder. S P Muthu, popularly known as Marimuthu, the 53-year-old leader of Tirupur BJP was found hanging from a tree in his plantation on Friday early morning. A portrait of Prime Minister Narendra Modi garlanded with footwears and burnt flag of BJP were found on a lamp post near the tree on which Muthu was found hanging.
Two live pipe bombs were recovered by the police team which also arrested four extremists from Madurai and Theni.
BJP leaders in the district said Muthu has been complaining for quite some time that he was being followed by strange persons. He is the fourth sangh Parivar leader to be killed in the south west Tamil Nadu over the last three months.
Meanwhile in an early morning swoop on Friday, four alleged Islamic extremists were arrested from Madurai and the police claimed they foiled a massive conspiracy hatched by a group of Islamic extremists to assassinate various leaders of the Hindu Front including its founder Rama Gopalan.
Two live pipe bombs were recovered by the police team which also arrested four extremists from Madurai and Theni. All four were sent to ten days judicial custody by the Madurai First Class Magistrate late Friday evening.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]S[/dropcap]ources in Police said A Abdullah (30) who was arrested from Viswanatha Nagar in Madurai confessed to the Police about the plan to kill the leadership of the Hindu Front which was meeting at Palladam near Coimbatore on Friday. A pipe bomb was seized from the residence of Abdullah.
Police said they took into custody Syed (45) from Theni on Thursday, who is believed to have spilled the beans about the assassination plan.
Abdullah’s revelations led the police to 43-year-old Abdul Rehman, a tailor by profession at Gandhipuram Third Street in the city. The second pipe bomb was seized from Rehman’s tailoring shop.
Abdullah and Rehman led the police to Kader Sherif (23) of Ismail Puram, another accomplice in their plan of action, who was also arrested. Police said they took into custody Syed (45) from Theni on Thursday, who is believed to have spilled the beans about the assassination plan.
Three Hindu Front leaders have been murdered during the last two months in Coimbatore-Tirupur belt and police is yet to make any breakthrough in the investigation.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]N[/dropcap]eighbouring Kerala State has become a graveyard of Sangh Parivar activists ever since the CPI-M led government was sworn in May 2016. Last fortnight saw CPI-M leaders burning to death a housewife in Palakkadu and her brother for their boldness to switch over to BJP. The house of the deceased was also set on fire. Her husband and children, seriously injured in the attack, were battling for their lives.
Intelligence officials say they were shocked over the murders of various Sangh Parivar activists and leaders happening in Tamil Nadu.
A BJP functionary was murdered in Kannoor during the State Schools Youth Festival last week. According to party insiders, this murder was executed to give a warning to the participants of the Youth Festival that those who dare to join BJP or any Sangh Parivar activists would face the same fate. The murders were allegedly believed to be master minded by P Jayarajan, Kannur district secretary of the CPI-M, who is also an accused in a dozen murder cases.
The Kerala media, strangely prefers to be silent about these murders. Is News becoming a casualty due to media being controlled/ encouraged/ funded by political entities? While this in itself is not objectionable, what is is when they tried to portray themselves as being non-partisan.
Intelligence officials say they were shocked over the murders of various Sangh Parivar activists and leaders happening in Tamil Nadu. “The same is the case with Kerala and we have to see these murders in a broader perspective,” said an intelligence wing official.