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CPI(M), BJP trade charges on political violence in Kerala

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017,16:05 IST By anju A A A

New Delhi | Members of CPI(M) and BJP on Tuesday traded charges in Rajya Sabha over alleged political killings in Kerala, forcing the Chair to expunge some remarks.

During the Zero Hour, K K Ragesh (CPI-M) spoke of gross human rights violation against two of his party leaders — Karai Rajan and Karai Chandrasekharan — in his constituency.

“They were accused in a murder case with a political intention and they were in jail for almost two years. They were not allowed to enter their home district for last three and a half years due to stringent bail conditions. Literally, they are in exile,” he said.

These two leaders were arrested in connection with the murder of Mohammed Fazal, an activist of the National Development Front (NDF) in 2006.

Ragesh made certain allegations against some organisations, which the Chair expunged.

Deputy Chirman P J Kurien said: “The accused is a person, how do you refer to the Party? It is not fair. …What do you want? If you want a re-enquiry, say that. Why do you go to unnecessary points?”

Raising a similar issue, Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe (BJP) said there have been 424 incidents of violence in Kerala after the new government came to power. So far, nine people have been killed.

When Tapan Kumar Sen (CPI-M) objected to this remark, the Chair said he would expunge “any allegation against the government or party”.