Kerala: BJP-RSS hartal turns violent, bombs hurled in Kannur
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The day-long hartal called by RSS
in Kerala on Tuesday to protest murder of an activist of the outfit in Kannur
district turned violent in many parts of the state disrupting normal life.
Thousands were stranded at bus and railway stations
across the state as buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws were kept off the roads.
Across the state, shops, businesses and markets were
deserted. The state government had declared a holiday for educational
institutions, including professional colleges and universities, and postponed
examinations scheduled for the day. Attendance in government offices was said
to be thin.
In Kannur district, where the murder took place, bombs
of low intensity were hurled at shops in Adoor Palam, Moonuperiya and
Peralassery. However, no one was injured. In Moonuperiya, locals captured those
who hurled the bombs.
RSS-BJP supporters forcefully closed the Kannur
University office. Few media persons were also manhandled in the district. Three
CPM branch committee offices in the district and a memorial of late LDF leader
and former chief minister EK Nayanar were pelted with stones on the hartal day.
A bomb was hurled at BJP worker K Jayakrishnan’s house
in Chorakulam, Maavilaayi in the district. A bike and the windows of the house
were damaged in the attack.
In Chengamanadu of Thrissur district, a youth, who was
travelling to his office in Kochi, was beaten up by hartal supporters. He was
taken to Karothukuzhi Hospital in Aluva.
The hartal was total in Ernakulam district where the
state-owned KSRTC and private buses remained off the road. KSRTC stopped its
bus services after reports of stray incidents of stone-pelting emerged. The
stir has also hit Kochi Metro works.
Stones were pelted at vehicles in Kakkanad and near
South Railway station in Kochi soon after the hartal started at 6 am. The RSS
office in Kochi too came under attack by a gang of three persons who came in an
auto. The windows of the office were broken in the stone pelting.
A KSRTC bus came under attack in Meenangadi of Wayanad
In Kollam district, pro-BJP workers damaged a
restaurant owned by a Muslim League leader in Punaloor. Two Yuva Morcha members
were captured by the police in connection with the incident.
In Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts, the
shutdown has been peaceful and complete.
Incidents of stone-pelting at buses, auto-rickshaws
and private vehicles were reported from other districts too. There were also
reports of shopkeepers getting injured after they were beaten up by BJP
activists in the state.
Hundreds attend Manoj’s funeral
RSS-BJP called for a 12-hour hartal on Tuesday to
protest murder of RSS' district Sharirik Pramukh Manoj (42). He was hacked to
death by a gang that attacked him in politically-volatile Kathirur in Kannur
district in north Kerala on Monday. Two others were injured, one of them
seriously, in the attack.
Hundreds of people attended Manoj’s funeral on Tuesday
and the body was buried near the RSS office in Kathiroor. Several leaders of
RSS and BJP paid last respects when the body was kept for the public to pay