Indu Makkal Katchi, a Tamil Nadu-based right-wing political party, tweeted a picture (disturbing imagery, viewer discretion is advised) of a brutally injured man lying dead. As per their claim, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was killed by “extremists” in Kumbakonam municipality in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. This tweet has been retweeted over 3,000 times (archived link).

Similarly, several Twitter and Facebook users shared the image along with same text, “Swayam Sevak’s father murdered by extremist In Kumbakonam”. Some users have added a communal angle to the claim (archived link). Twitter user @AnitaShivyogi tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah and wrote, “This is unacceptable! Naxals and Jihadis are carrying out these murders of @RSSorg members and Hindu Sadhus. Are police and judiciary incapable of dealing with this one-sided violence? We haven’t forgotten the Palghar lynchings yet” (archived link).

[Also read: Palghar lynching incident falsely communalised on social media]

Another user @singhakh who identifies as a swayamsevak also claimed that the RSS worker was killed at the entrance of the Kumbakonam Perumal temple because he opposed the temple’s takeover and illegal sand mining.

Bharatiya Hindu Parivar Tamil Nadu went a step further and claimed that the man in the viral image was assassinated by the terrorists during a pro-CAA protest at Nachiyar Temple in Kumbakonam. As per this post, the man in the viral image is 65-year old Gopalakrishnan (archived link).

Alt News was able to access a copy of the FIR which states that Gopalan was stabbed by Saravanan on June 30 at 9.20 pm because of a property dispute.

Therefore, the murder of an RSS worker over a properly dispute was communalised on social media. The accused is a BJP member from the same community yet the incident has sparked an anti-Muslim wave. Furthermore, opponents of the Citizenship Act are also being falsely blamed for the murder.

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