Manoj C C, prominent BMS and BJP leader died in the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, Kerala following a brutal attack by a gang of 15 suspected CPI(M) activists. The attack took place inside his house in Payolli. Manoj was 38 years old. Hindu organizations have alleged that CPI(M) has played a significant role in the murder.
The assailants numbering 15, who had shielded their faces with masks, unleashed spate of violence as they barged into the residence of the deceased. Armed with swords and other lethal weapons, they committed the massacre at 9.30 pm on 12 January, 2012. Manoj ventured outside the house hearing some noise, brushing aside the pleas of his wife and children. He was hacked to death as soon as he stepped outside.
As the muder was being committed, his wife Pushpa and daughters Arya and Nanda began screaming. Hearing their cries, neighbours rushed to the spot. However the miscreants weilded their swords menacingly and warned them from approaching anywhere near. The murderous gang also went on a rampage inside the house for an hour, destroying everything inside, including furniture and home appliances. It was only after they left that the neighbours could take him to the Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode. However, he succumbed to injuries early Monday morning.
An autorikshaw driver, Manoj was also the Payyoli Unit Secretary of the BMS. He had contested as a BJP candidate in the last local bodies elections. The BJP has held the CPI(M) responsible for the murder of Manoj. The party, BMS and Hindu AikyaVedi observed a 24-hour hartal on Monday morning in the Koilandy Assembly constituency limits, which included Payyoli.
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