“Why Was He Killed?” Kerala RSS Worker’s Daughter Pulls A Gurmehar

My father’s only mistake was that he supported RSS and BJP. Why did they kill him, 12-year-old Vismaya asks.

Vismaya, a 12-year-old girl from Kannur, Kerala, has released a Gurmehar Kaur-style video, demanding justice for her father, RSS worker Ezhuthan Santhosh, who was killed in January this year.

His only mistake was that he supported the RSS and the BJP... They murdered not just my dad but my dreams and future. I see only darkness, complete darkness. I have not yet (got the answer), why did they kill my father?

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Santhosh was hacked and killed in Andallur near Dharmadom on the night of 18 January. The 52-year-old was the former Mukhya Shikshak of the RSS unit in Andallur and also served as the booth president of the BJP in the area.

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Using only placards to put her message forth, Vismaya reveals that her father was the sole breadwinner of the family.

The 12-year-old says she wants to become an IPS officer in order to help her village. “My father wanted to fulfill my dreams. All my dreams were swept away in one night,” she says.

“Why did they kill him?” she asks, over and over again.

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Kannur Violence

The video was created and released as a part of the BJP’s efforts to spread awareness about the situation in Kannur. “We wanted the message to reach a larger audience, for them to see Kannur’s violence and how this girl has been affected. That’s why we made this video,” BJP sources told NDTV.

Six CPI (M) activists have been arrested in connection with the killing of Santhosh, who is one of latest casualties of the violence that has rocked Kannur. Over the last few years, Kannur has gained a notorious reputation for being the epicenter of political violence in Kerala. Police estimate that the violence in the area has claimed the lives of over 100 political workers, including 42 CPI(M) activists and 41 BJP workers, since 1991.