RSS man absconds when bomb making equipment discovered at his house

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An RSS worker allegedly blew up part of his own house in a minor explosion, apparently while making a country-made bomb in Kannur’s Koothuparamba area, police said on Thursday. If true it would be the latest addition to the violence plaguing the Kannur district of Kerala.

According to sources, the explosion took place at the property of Valayangadan Raghu, an RSS worker, while he was allegedly making a bomb. Giving the details of the incident, Koothuparamba police said the blast occurred in a shed which is located close to the house of Raghu. In the blast, roof tiles and window were blown away.

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During the spot survey, police recovered 500 grams of gunpowder. The Police have registered a case against the RSS worker. However, Raghu and his son are absconding after the explosion. It is worth mentioning that last year, in a similar incident that occurred in Koothuparamba, a BJP worker died when a bomb exploded while he was making it.

The failure of the BJP to win in Kerala will only add more fuel to the fire as Hindutva continues its crusade to subjugate all of India.

Attacks by homemade bombs are common in Kerala where targets belong to both the ruling CPI (M) Pand the RSS. On 11th October, bombs were hurled at a BJP office while in previous months such attacks were common against CPI (M) offices. An example is the 9th October attack that left 5 CPI (M) workers and 4 policemen injured.

A low-intensity war has been raging in the Indian state of Kerala for more than 4 decades. The conflict initiated during the 1971 RSS driven communal riots when the CPI (M) intervened to protect Muslims. 

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The conflict has been termed as a “blood feud” or “political killings” by the media and has been characterized by clashes, brutal killings mostly by edged weapons and homemade bomb attacks.  The Indian National Congress too was a participant in this war against both sides from the late 1980s till 2008.  

On 11th October, bombs were hurled at a BJP office while in previous months such attacks were common against CPI (M) offices.

The conflict is being driven by factors such as RSS attempts to inculcate Hindutva in the mostly secular Keralan environment whose prevalent form of Hinduism differs from that of Hindutva dominated North India, vengeance and political ambitions. The worst affected district is Kannur followed by Malapurram. At least a 100, mostly RSS/BJP cadres, have been reported dead since the resurgence of violence in 2008.

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It seems that in Kerala, the RSS has tried to substitute its electoral defeats through the use of force. Many of its cadres have been found complicit in attacks usually revolving around bomb-making. The failure of the BJP to win in Kerala will only add more fuel to the fire as Hindutva continues its crusade to subjugate all of India.

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