BJP hartal near-total in Kerala capital on Thursday

In response to the hartal called by the BJP, educational institutions, shops and commercial establishments remained shut and public transport, autos and taxis stayed off the roads in the district.

Published: 08th June 2017 03:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2017 04:30 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The dawn-to-dusk hartal in Thiruvananthapuram district called by the BJP on Thursday in protest against the attack on the party’s district office here was partial in the district.

A number of BJP offices in various places in the state were targeted last night allegedly by CPM cadre protesting against the attempted attack on its leader Sitaram Yechury in New Delhi.

Educational institutions, shops and business establishments remained shut in the district. Though public transport, autorickshaws and taxis stayed off the roads, private cars and two-wheelers were seen in large numbers.

BJP workers vandalising a CITU flagpost at
Statue Junction during their Secretariat march
in connection with the district hartal in
Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday |  B P Deepu

However, inter-district KSRTC buses conducted services.

Scores of commuters who arrived in the city early morning on trains and buses were left stranded. Police arranged transportation for them. Long queues were also seen in front of a couple of government-run fuel stations which remained open.

CPM trying to unleash violence 

BJP state chief Kummanam Rajasekharan has alleged the CPM was trying to unleash violence across the state by spreading lies CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury was assaulted in New Delhi.

Inaugurating the BJP secretariat march held in protest against the attack on BJP district office and other offices, he said even Yechury had not complained he was assaulted by miscreants who intruded into AKG Bhavan.

He said it was barbaric to block seniormost national leader L K Advani in the name of the Delhi incident. He alleged the police were colluding with the CPM in unleashing attack on  BJP offices. 

Diligent cop’s saves a life

A civil police officer came to the rescue of a 56-year-old man who suffered a massive heart attack during the hartal.  Sasidharan Nair of Sreevaraham, was alone at home when he developed severe chest pain.

His neighbours were reluctant to take him to hospital on a hartal day. Nair, however, walked to a police picketing point near Sreevaraham market where he met civil police officer Viji G. The officer immediately took him to SP Fort Hospital on his two-wheeler.

After giving him first aid, the hospital referred him to the Medical College hospital. As alerted by the CPO Fort SI Shajimon sent a police vehicle to the hospital in which Nair was taken to the hospital in five minutes. 


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