Police on Sunday detained eight persons in connection with the murder of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker in Thiruvananthapuram. All the suspects have been sent to police custody for an unknown period.

The development comes at the backdrop when an RSS activist on Saturday was allegedly hacked to death by Communist Party of India (CPI-M) loyalists.

Reportedly, the 34-year-old RSS worker’s dies in a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram after his palms were chopped off in an assault.

The deceased has been identified as E Rajesh, attached to the RSS unit at Sreekariyam in Kerala.

Meanwhile, the Kerala unit of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has called for a state wide protest against the killing.

The attack comes a day after a group belonging to CPI-M led by local Councillor IP Binu smashed six vehicles parked in the state committee office of the BJP.

Speaking to the media outside the hospital where the RSS activist was admitted before he died, BJP state president Kummanem Rajasekheran alleged that the the attack was sponsored by the CPI-M led government in the state.

“The CPI-M led government has become a mute witness to the violence going on in the state capital district. Even our state party headquarters was attacked. But we exercised restraint,” he said.

Now the party is left with no choice but to launch a “statewide shutdown” on Sunday, he added.