BJP leader killed in Tamil Nadu, statewide stir on Monday
Chennai: V Ramesh, Bharatiya Janata Party's state general secretary, was hacked to death in a Tamil Nadu town on Friday night, prompting BJP to call for a statewide general strike on Monday to protest his murder.
Soft spoken Ramesh, 52, a practicing chartered accountant, was killed near his office in Salem at around 10pm by unknown assailants.
Condemning the killing, BJP state leader Pon Radhakrishnan told IANS: "The party has called for a state wide general strike Monday. Ramesh was a patriot and did not have any professional enemies. He is the fourth Hindu leader to be killed within a year."
Radhakrishnan said Ramesh had escaped an earlier attack on his life and his car was burnt.
"There is a concerted attack on Hindu leaders in the state and the government is not taking any serious action to put an end to this. Last month Hindu Munnani state secretary Vellaiayappan was murdered in the state," Radhakrishnan added.