NEW DELHI: Outraged at the hacking death of its Tamil Nadu unit general secretary V Ramesh in Salem on Friday night, the BJP has called for a statewide bandh on Monday.
This is the fourth murder of a BJP leader in Tamil Nadu during the last one year. The murders of the other three BJP leaders Arun Reddy, P Murugan and Velliyan remain unsolved.
Ramesh, 52, was stabbed near his house by four unidentified persons when he was returning home at about 9 PM on Friday.
He died on the spot. Doctors at the Salem Government Hospital said his body bore 17 stab marks.
Schools were closed in Salem as a precautionary measure.
Salem DIG Sanjay Kumar said police are hunting for the assailants even as the BJP demanded a judicial probe into the murder.
Accusing the Jayalalithaa government of not giving proper security to its state leaders, Tamil Nadu BJP chief Pon Radhakrishnan said, “We want a detailed probe into the incident by a retired judge of the Madras high court. We want a detailed probe so that such incidents don’t happen in the future.’’
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet,“The killing of our Tamil Nadu unit’s General Secretary Ramesh is shocking. Spoke to TN BJP President last night and expressed sadness on the killing. My deepest condolences to the family of Ramesh. May his soul rest in peace. The culprits must be punished at the earliest.’’
BJP national spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman demanded the setting up of a special task force to investigate the killings of Tamil Nadu BJP leaders in a “planned manner.” She also mentioned that the culprits in the bomb attack on LK Advani’s yatra in 2011 still remained untraced.
Anguished over the killing, BJP activists staged protest in Chennai demanding immediate arrest of those responsible for the murder.