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KANNUR (Web Desk) – A dog was hanged from an electric post in Kannur district of Indian state Kerala on Tuesday to mark the first death anniversary of an RSS district functionary.


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Rashtriya Swaysevak Sangh leader E Manoj, 42, was hacked to death at Kathiroor in Kannur.

It was on September 1, last year while he was travelling in an Omni van.

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The assailants had hurled a bomb at the vehicle, which lost control and hit an electric post.

The dog was hanged from the same electric post which was hit by the van during the attack.

Kannur has been tense in the past few days due to repeated incidents of attacks involving Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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Kathiroor and nearby areas have been under police vigil to prevent untoward incidents on the death anniversary of the RSS leader.

Manoj, Kannur district sharirik shkshan pramukh, was an accused in a case pertaining to the murder attempt on CPI (M) leader P Jayarajan in 1999.

The case is being probed by CBI, which has already questioned Jayarajan in connection with the murder.

What is RSS?

The Rashtriya Swaysevak Sangh is a Hindu extremist organisation.

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The RSS initially did not recognise the Constitution of India and heavily criticised it in view of the fact that the Indian Constitution made no mention of “Manu’s laws” from the controversial ancient hindu text Manu Smriti, which had been accused of denigrating the lower castes and untouchables in India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist and RSS member, is a controversial figure domestically and internationally.

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first RSS member to become Prime Minister of India.

The RSS is also blamed for assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.

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Since its birth in 1925, The first ban on the RSS was imposed in Punjab Province (British India) on January 24, 1947 by Malik Khizar Hayat Tiwana, the premier of the ruling Unionist Party (Punjab), a party which represented the interests of the landed gentry and landlords of Punjab, which included Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. Along with the RSS, the Muslim National Guard was also banned.

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The RSS militants were also used in wars against Pakistan in 1965 and 1971 (which resulted in separation of East Pakistan).