Kerala polls: Sadanandan Master, whose legs were chopped off by CPI(M) is BJP candidate this year

Kasaragod (Kerala), May 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (May 7) introduced C Sadanandan Master, a RSS functionary based in Mattanur in Kannur district of Kerala, to the crowd at an election rally here.

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Sadanandan Master had both his legs chopped off allegedly by CPI(M) goons way back in 1994 as a warning to those who did not agree with the party's stand. The attack was seen as a retaliation to the murder of KV Sudheesh, an SFI leader, in front of his elderly parents the same day. [Parties are using Jisha rape & murder case to win election]

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Master has been fielded by the BJP from Koothuparambu constituency in Kannur district for the May 16 Assembly election. This is the first time he is contesting an election.

"I want to tell the world from Kasaragod what brutality the communists have carried out on the soil of God's own country but didn't let anybody know about it," an animated Modi said at the rally before introducing Sadanandan. [Media's shocing coverage of Jisha murder]

"Master's only crime was that he had uttered "Bharat Mata Ki Jay". His only offence was it had shown the true path for the poor. And when he wanted to act of his own, the communists cut off both his legs. But he has still continued with his mission to serve the people by wearing artificial limbs. To those who are blaming us day and night, I want to ask what crime did he commit that his legs were cut off," asked the PM.

The gory tale of Sadanandan Master

It was time for celebration in Sadanandan's family as his sister's marriage had been fixed and the engagement was due on February 6, 1994. Sadanandan was a schoolteacher then and was returning from his uncle's place on the night of January 1994.

As he got off from the bus and was walking towards his home, he was attacked by a group of people from behind at a busy market place. They overpowered him in no time and severed his legs. The goons also blasted a few bombs to scare away the crowds.

He laid on the road bleeding but nobody came forward. It was only after the police arrived on the scene around 15 minutes later that he was taken to the hospital. Sadanandan had lost his consciousness by then. The man was just 30 then.

Sadanandan is currently teaching at the state-aided Sree Durga Vilasam Higher Secondary School at Peramangalam in Thrissur for 17 years now. He is popularly called "Maash" and is married to his college-year friend Vanitha Rani, also a teacher.

The duo has a daughter Yamuna Bharati, who is a BTech student and also the ABVP's joint secretary at Thrissur Government Engineering College.

Sadanandan is also the state vice-president of the National Teachers' Union and the editor of its mouthpiece---Deshiya Adhyapaka Vartha. He is a member of the Bharatiya Vichara Kendram---an intellectual wing of the RSS.

What is more shocking is that the Leftist cadres carried out the horrendous attack on a man who belongs to a family that had a Left leaning but chose a different way for himself out fo conviction.

Koothuparambu is also home to memorials dedicated to five young CPI(M) workers killed in that same year in police firing to protect a UDF minister MV Raghavan. His son MV Nikesh Kumar is contesting this election from the neighbouring Azhikode constituency on the CPI(M)'s ticket.

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