A twelve-member group of assailants allegedly belonging to SDPI, the political outfit of the Popular Front of India killed Ranjith who was an active member of the Alleppey Bar Association.
The Alleppey Bar Association of the Alappuzha district of Kerala has decided to abstain from Court proceedings today (December 20) in protest against the brutal killing of its member, Advocate Ranjith Sreenivasan, on Sunday (December 19) morning. The executive committee of the Association convened a meeting on Sunday night. On behalf of the Association, the Committee has demanded that the Police convene a Special Investigative Team to investigate the killing of Ranjith Sreenivasan. The Committee has also decided that no member of the Alappuzha Bar will appear for those accused of the killing.
Advocate Ranjith Sreenivasan was an active member of the Alleppey Bar Association and was the State Secretary of the OBC Morcha of Bharatiya Janata Party, Kerala state unit. Earlier, he was the District Secretary of Bharathiya Abhibashaka Parishad, the Kerala chapter of the Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta Parishad.
On Sunday morning, a twelve-member group of assailants allegedly belonging to SDPI, the political outfit of the Popular Front of India, arrived at the residence of Ranjith Sreenivasan. His door was not locked, as one of his two daughters had just gone out to attend tuition. Ranjith was sitting inside the house, reading a newspaper, when the assailants opened the door and entered the house. One of the assailants hit Ranjith's face with a hammer, and as he fell, the other assailants started hacking him with swords. When Ranjith's mother came running, she was stopped and made to stand, watch her son getting killed. One of the assailants held a sword to her neck, and when his wife and daughter tried to protect him, the wife was hit and kicked. One of the assailants swung a sword at the minor daughter of Ranjith but missed.
It is reported that Ranjith was brought dead to the hospital. His face had been smashed beyond recognition using a hammer. His neck had almost been severed. It is reported that the killing of Ranjith was in retaliation for the killing of the state Secretary of the SDPI, KS Shan, on Saturday evening. Ranjith's body will be brought to the Alappuzha district Court complex today for Bar members to pay their last respect, and later, the body will be taken to his house and then for cremation.