THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The police will investigate the source of origin of the WhatsApp and Facebook messages that prompted a section of the social media users to enforce a hartal on Monday marred by violence mostly in northern parts of the state.
Though the hartal call was made as a protest against the rape-murder of the Kathua girl, the police officials said they will check whether any fundamentalist organisations or political outfits with radical approach have infiltrated into the protest that veered into violence and left more than 30 police officers injured.
Sources in the Home Department said almost 1,000 people were arrested across the state for hartal violence and traffic obstruction. Around 350 cases were registered while 250 people were booked for non-bailable offences and have been remanded.
Although those arrested were members of various political outfits, including mainstream parties, there was the striking presence of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) members among those arrested. State Police Chief Loknath Behera has entrusted the investigation to a team comprising intelligence officials and technical experts.