Twenty-four-year-old Shyama Prasad, an RSS work was the latest victim in the political violence that has consumed Kannur in north Kerala over several decades.
Hours after Shyama Prasad’s death was reported by the media, Malaylam actor Tovino Thomas took to Facebook to express his concern over the growing violence.
“I remember clicking a picture with him while I was shooting Mayaanadhi’s climax scenes! Deeply saddened and disturbed by the news of his demise,” read his Facebook post.
“I don’t know Shyama Prasad, except for a selfie that he took with me once on Mayaanadhi’s shooting location. Reports of his demise has disturbed my sleep. How can people kill each other, whatever may the cause be?” he asked.
The actor star also noted that it is deeply disturbing to see the institutions that are morally responsible for the society’s well-being, guilty of instigating violence among people.
“The infrastructure that is instituted for the well-being of people is inflicting violence on its own subjects. Are we living in a cursed world? It feels so. Isn’t it so much easier to spread love and affection than indulge in violence?” questioned Tovino.
According to the police, Shyama Prasad, was hacked to death by a gang of masked men, who stopped him while he was riding his bike. Shyama Prasad was a student at Industrial Training Institute in Kakkayangad and was the mukhya sikshak of a local RSS sakha.
Statistics showed that from February 2016 to July 2017, 10 RSS or BJP workers, and four CPI (M) workers have been murdered. The data pointed out that the rate of political killings are on the higher side when a LDF government is in power.