Kerala: Mobs turn Malappuram into battlefield as pro-hartal groups clash with police

Over 100 people were arrested and police suspect the hartal was pre-planned and found certain local clubs were involved in the violence.

Published: 17th April 2018 01:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2018 01:53 AM   |  A+A-

A youth being arrested for engaging in violence and forcibly closing down shops in Palakkad on Monday | Express

By Express News Service

KOZHIKODE:  Malappuram turned a battlefield as pro-hartal groups clashed with the police. Tirur, Tanur, Parappanangadi, Kuttippuram, Manjeri and Wandoor witnessed agitations while traffic was hit on NH 66 as protesters blocked roads at Kuttippuram and Venniyur. Over 100 people were arrested and police suspect the hartal was pre-planned and found certain local clubs were involved in the violence. Prohibitory orders have been clamped in Tanur, Parappanangadi and Tirur for a week.

In Kasargod, cases were registered against persons who spread fake call for hartal on WhatApp groups. Normal life was hit in Manjeshwaram, Kumbla and Kasargod as private buses stayed off the road.

In Kozhikode, shops remained closed in rural areas like Mukkom, Koduvally, Thamarassery, Vadakara and Nadapuram. In certain areas, clash erupted when the protesters attempted to forcefully close down shops and block roads.

In Wayanad, normal life was disrupted in Mananthavadi, Kalpetta and Meppadi towns. Police arrested six persons in connection with violence reported in the district.

Massive violence was reported in Kannur where police clashed with the hartal activists. Even the Kannur police station was attacked by hartal supporters. The incident took place around 10.45 am when a protest march of SDPI workers, to free 15 of their workers from the custody of police, turned violent. SDPI workers forced traders at CPM-dominated Taliparamba, Kannur and Puthiyatheru markets to close down shutters of their shops.

Palakkad turned tense when a large number of youth started to block roads and forced the shutters of shops down. Pattambi, Cherpulassery, Mannarkad, Puducode, Pudunagaram and Olavakkode were the worst-affected.

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