One stabbed to death as BJP hartal turns violent in Kerala
An activist of SDPI was stabbed to death in Kerala’s Kannur district on Thursday as violence marred the state-wide hartal called by BJP in protest against the murder of a party worker allegedly by CPI(M) activists.
Normal life was hit with public transport keeping off the roads and shops and business establishments remaining shut.
BJP activist Remith was hacked to death in the home town of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday within 48 hours of the murder of a CPI(M) activist and toddy shop worker Mohanan (40) by a six-member gang at Pathiriyad in Kannur district.
Kannur, where police was on vigil throughout as the body of the slain youth was cremated, witnessed another murder today when Farooq (40), activist of SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India), political wing of Popular Front of India, was stabbed to death by a group.
Police, however, said this was not a political murder and was due to previous enmity even as SDPI pointed fingers at IUML. Some incidents of violence were reported from various parts of the state.
In some places, hartal supporters blocked private vehicles from plying.