“There is no headway in investigation into murders of 16 members of BJP and its affiliated organisations in the State over a period of time’’

A writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a CBI probe into the murder of Salem auditor V. Ramesh, who was the State secretary of the BJP.

V. Seshadri, elder brother of Ramesh, in a writ petition filed through advocate N. Rajaraman, said there was no headway in the investigation into the murders of 16 members of the BJP and its affiliate organisations in the State over a period of time.

The petitioner said his brother Ramesh had constantly raised his voice against Islamic terrorism and fundamentalism and was targeted by the Islamic terror groups repeatedly.

“It is highly regrettable that while the terror strikes in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh are followed by immediate press releases by the Home Ministry and Intelligence Bureau that they had information on such terror strikes, in the case of the members of the BJP and affiliate organisations of Tamil Nadu, there is absolutely no formal announcements by the Central intelligence agencies regarding the information available of the persons involved in such communally motivated murders. The Tamil Nadu government has failed to seek the intelligence available of terror networks operating in south India.”

He alleged that the systematic and regular murders of members of a national party and the leading opposition party of this country had led to the breakdown of constitutional machinery and law and order in Tamil Nadu. Murder of Hindu leaders, especially on communal lines, had become a routine affair and it was a duty of the Centre to intervene.

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