SFI activist stabbed to death by Popular Front men; CPI(M) pays price for going soft on Islamists

    It seems the CPI(M) is paying the price for promoting Islamic extremism in Kerala. A top activist of CPI(M)’s student wing, SFI, Abhimanyu, was brutally killed by workers of Campus Front, the student wing of Islamist outfit Popular Front of India, in Kochi, Kerala.

    In its Facebook post, SFI chose to blame NDF and Campus Front, though NDF has ceased to exist and already has metamorphosed into Popular Front. The CPI(M) has vehemently opposed imposing a ban on PFI and the Kerala government has always been in denial over the threat posed by the Islamist outfits.  According to political observers, CPI(M) is promoting Islamists as it wants to contain Muslim League, a major partner in the rival UDF.

    In the Facebook post, SFI writes: “SFI activists had been attacked and killed by the same force in Kerala earlier also. We appeal all the secular forces to condemn this dastardly killing of an innocent student leader by the NDF and Campus Front and isolate these murderers from the society. The gruesome plannings to turn campuses into killing zones must be resisted. SFI salutes the supreme sacrifice of our beloved and brave Comrade, Abhimanyu and pledges to carry his struggles forward. We demand a speedy enquiry and maximum punishment to the murderers of this young mind. The CEC of SFI calls upon all its units to observe national protest day condemning the killing of Comrade Abhimanyu.”

    Abhimanyu, 20, BSc Chemistry student, was killed when SFI students and Campus Front of India (Student Wing of PFI) workers allegedly clashed inside the campus on Sunday. He belongs to Marayoor in Idukki.

    According to reports, the incident was triggered by an argument over sticking posters within the campus by the two groups. Abhimanyu was painting the walls of the campus to welcome the new batch of students whose classes were to begin on Monday. Another student of the college, 19-year-old Arjun who studies BSc Philosophy, also sustained severe injuries. He has been admitted to the Ernakukulam Medical Trust Hospital in the city and had to undergo an emergency surgery, according to The News Minute.

    According to an ABVP activist, the Campus Front activists have supported the beef festival organised by SFI on the campus. SFI along with its sister organisation DYFI had organised beef festivals across the state.