A 23-year-old CPM activist was stabbed to death allegedly by a BJP activist in Kerala's Kasaragod district, police sources said.
The activist identified as Siddique, a Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) worker, was attacked by two motorcycle-borne men in Uppala -- 600 km from Thiruvananthapuram -- late on Sunday night. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but his life could not be saved, a police official said.
"The tension began with a scuffle over selling of liquor. The accused, who has affiliation with BJP, was already present at the spot. Eventually, the CPM activist was called in there and stabbed," a police officer said.
Two of three accused have been identified, he said. Security in the area has been tightened to prevent any violence and a special police team constituted to investigate the case, the official added.
Condemning the attack, the state secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, alleged that the RSS-BJP were behind the murder. He added that the Kerala society should be able to isolate and identify communal forces in the state.
State Bharatiya Janata Party president P S Sreedharan Pillai has denied the charge and said the attack was not politically motivated.
(With inputs from PTI)