Thiruvananthapuram: Amid macabre political killings in Kerala, union minister Arun Jaitley Sunday accused the state's ruling CPM of unleashing its cadres for "eliminating rivals and creating en environment of violence".
Jaitley, who was here to provide a healing touch to the family of RSS worker Rajesh, allegedly killed by CPM cadres on July 29, mounted a scathing attack on the LDF government, saying incidents of violence increased every time it came to power.
He also charged that the political opponents of the ruling dispensation were being killed in a most "brutal and barbaric" manner in the state and added that it was the state government's responsibility to ensure that those indulging in violence were brought to book.
"Every time the LDF comes to power, the incidents of violence increase. The political opponents are killed in a most brutal and barbaric manner," the Union finance minister told reporters.
"It is the responsibility of the state to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to book and a deterrent punishment is slapped on them," he said.
"It is cruelty of a barbaric nature... Even an enemy country wouldn't do this kind of brutality but a political party did this," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader added.
The police too were expected to be fair and if these two things did not happen, the incidents of violence would not end in the state, he added.
Jaitley paid a visit to the relatives of Rajesh, an RSS activist who was killed in the state recently, here this morning.
"You corner an innocent victim, catch him when he is alone and inflict multiple wounds on his body," he said after visiting the bereaved family.
He added that a large number of BJP-RSS workers were getting killed in Kerala.
"The state BJP president escaped by a whisker, while the police were silent spectators. The houses of our workers are being attacked and quite a few them are getting injured in the attacks," said Jaitley.
He added that he was "saddened" by what he had heard and seen in the southern state as it should sadden every Indian.
The Union minister said Kerala and its people had a huge potential and that the state needed peace, deserved a peaceful environment, civility and democracy "at its very best".
"Any aberration is an exception and it can be condemned and the culprits punished. But, when it becomes a series of incidents, it vitiates the atmosphere of the state, its people, economy and as a result, democracy suffers," said Jaitley.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)