MALAPPURAM: The police arrested more than 300 people and registered 95 cases in the district in connection with the undeclared hartal called by social media groups on Monday seeking justice for the Kathua gang-rape and murder victim.
The arrests, made over Monday and Tuesday, included three persons arrested for vandalism, attacks against buses and shops and blocking the roads. Police have decided to take stern action against those involved in the ‘unwanted activities’.
“We have found more persons involved in vandalism and violence. Action will be taken against them,” said Special Branch DySP M Ullas Kumar.
The Cyber Cell has initiated a probe into the involvement of social media groups in spreading messages in favour of the hartal. “Persons spreading fake messages and communal hatred will be also brought before the law,” Ullas said.
Merchants’ hartal peaceful
The hartal called by merchants at Tanur on Tuesday against the attack on shops during Monday’s hartal passed off peacefully. Tirur DySP Biju Bhaskar said no untoward activities were reported. The area is under police surveillance and huge police force from local police stations and camps have been deployed.
NIA probe sought
Coming down heavily upon the state government and the police for their alleged inaction which led to the violence during Monday’s hartal, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan demanded an NIA probe into the vandalism.
23 arrested in Kasargod
Kasargod: The Kasargod town police have registered six cases in connection with Monday’s undeclared hartal and arrested 23 persons.
An attempt to divert attention: Kunhalikutty
Kochi: Indian Union Muslim League national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty has termed the “undeclared hartal” witnessed in some parts of the state on Monday as “unfortunate”. He said it was an attempt to divert attention from the real burning issue of the day -- the rising protests against Kathua and Unnao rape cases. “The party’s (IUML) stand is very clear. There was obvious anger against the Sangh Parivar over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. But the undeclared hartal was carried out by someone with vested interests to divert attention. But it was an unsuccessful attempt,” Kunhalikutty told reporters here. He said the IUML party or its workers had no direct or indirect role in the incidents.