Shops and business establishments have downed shutters and vehicles are mostly off the roads in Guruvayur and Manaloor towns in Thrissur district following a hartal called by BJP to protest the killing of an RSS worker at Nenmeni.
The 23-year-old RSS worker, Anandan, was hacked to death allegedly by CPI(M) workers on Monday in broad day light.
While the BJP has blamed CPI(M) for the murder, the marxist party in a statement yesterday denied its role in the incident.
This is the third murder of BJP/RSS workers in the district since the Pinarayi Vijayan government came to power in May last year, a BJP leader had alleged.
Anandan, hailing from Brahmakulam, was an accused in a case relating to the murder of a CPI(M) worker in 2013.
The funeral is expected to be held this afternoon.