Eight people who are activists of the CPI-M were on Tuesday taken into custody for the gruesome murder of an RSS activist near here on Monday, police said.

“The arrested are activists of the CPI-M, but till now we have not been able to attribute any political motive to the murder. However, all aspects are being looked into,” said a police officer here.

A 27-year-old RSS worker was hacked to death in front of his aged parents at Papinesseri in
Kannur district, police said.

Sujit, who suffered serious injuries in the attack, succumbed to injuries before reaching hospital last night.

His aged parents and a brother tried to stop the assailants, who stormed into the house at around 11.30 PM last night, and suffered injuries in the process.

Police said some CPI(M) sympathisers have been taken into custody for questioning.

BJP has called for a ‘hartal’ in Kannur, Pappinessery and Azhikode areas to protest against the killing.

Senior CPI-M leader at Kannur M.V.Jayarajan told reporters that there is nothing political in the incident.

“We believe this is a retaliation of an eve-teasing episode in which some people attacked the victim,” said Jayarajan, adding that police are also not terming it as political incident at present.

But the district leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Kannur allege this is the handiwork of the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

State BJP president Kummanam Rajasekheran in his twitter post said that the party has lost another bright youngster to the Left terror.

“The CPI-M should know that they gain nothing out of killing someone. Hours after top CPM leaders, including Sitram Yechuri, assemble in Thiruvananthapuram, Sujith gets killed in Kannur. What message does this give to the society,” asked Rajasekheran.

(With agencies input)