New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala has called for a 12-hour shutdown in the state against the killing of their worker in Kannur on Wednesday.

The party workers protested in front of the secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram and demanded a CBI probe into the matter. The shutdown was observed in most parts of the state and vehicles remained off the roads, including SRTC buses.

Hospitals, medical stores, milk and newspaper distribution was exempted.

BJP had alleged that the party activist Ramit was murdered by CPI (M) members in Pinarayi village in Kannur district.

Earlier, Ramit’s father was also murdered the same way in the year 2002.

The murder happened within the constituency of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Condemning the attack, BJP President Amit Shah said, “Kannur has been the epicentre of Marxist violence in Kerala. That such a spiral of violence has been unleashed on people in the native village of the state’s Chief Minister reflects the true motive of the ruling LDF alliance.”

Ramit’s murder is the sixth case in Kannur this year alone.