Kannur (Ker), Jul 12: A 38-year-old CPI(M) worker was allegedly hacked to death by an unidentified gang at Payyanur in Kerala on Tuesday, police said today. The assailants came in a jeep and motorcycles and attacked Dhanaraj, who is a native of Kannur in the district, around 10.30 PM yesterday when he was entering his house, police said. He was killed in front of his family.

Though he was rushed to Pariyaram Medical College Hospital by locals, he succumbed to the injuries on the way. The murder is suspected to be related to the political violence in the district post elections. Police have registered a case and are investigating.

Two hours later, C K Ramachandran, an auto driver and RSS worker was stabbed to death by another gang at his home in Kannur village. They hurled crude bombs before stabbing Ramachandran. (ALSO READ: RSS worker attacked in front of students in Kannur)

State Intelligence has reported that tension between RSS and CPIM has been on increase in many parts of the district. Police has deployed Rapid Action Force in several places in the district. Political violence is not new to Kannur. A CPIM worker was killed in bomb attack in Pinarayi, home village of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on May 20. Hundreds of men have died in the district in such attacks.

An RSS worker was pulled out from his auto rickshaw carrying school students in Kannur district and stabbed allegedly by CPI(M) activists in front of the petrified children in March this year.