The IUML Kannur Lok Sabha constituency convention held here on Sunday, which was attended by party top brass, ended in a scuffle between groups of party activists. The ruckus began as soon as Union Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahammed started his speech. Party workers from Alakkode and Sreekandapuram areas demanded that the convention should discuss the police action against Muslim League workers for their alleged involvement in the murder attempt on Sharafudheen Haji, an AP Sunni worker of Alakkode.
By that time, party state president Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal had left the venue after inaugurating the convention and League state general secretary K P A Majeed, who was about to leave the venue, was detained by the agitated workers.
Though Ahammed repeatedly pleaded for maintaining peace, a group of workers insisted that Ahammed should stop his speech and the programme should continue only after discussing the issue. Though the agitated group was removed from the venue, the clashes continued outside till K M Shaji MLA intervened and disbursed them. Meanwhile, League district secretary Abdu Rahiman Kallayi expressed his willingness to resign from the post. But party district president K M Soopy asked him to stay away from such a hasty move. Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty, who reached the venue by the time, assured that the party would intervene in the issue and all possibilities of legally fighting the case against the League workers would be considered.