BJP hartal: Central Kerala comes to a standstill

Published: 13th October 2016 03:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2016 03:10 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

The hartal is total in Central Kerala with shops and establishments remaining closed and the public transport system going off the road and peaceful except attack on media persons in Thrissur.


The business capital of Kerala is at a standstill. The majority of government departments and private firms are closed. Enforcing the bandh, BJP workers were out in strength at intersections to stop four wheelers and heavy vehicles. Two-wheelers are however exempt. All shops, hotels and private establishments have been forced to shut. Anyone sneaking a sale or two risk manhandling.

Some government establishments including the Kerala High Court have had low attendance. Commuters are looking forlorn at the railway stations. Police have arranged some vehicles to transport incoming passengers home. The railway authorities have decided to stop some of the inter-city trains at the smaller stations so that people can get down at places more convenient to them.

At Info-Park attendance has been low. Some of the companies have made arrangements including allowing employees to work from home.


BJP activists have attacked media persons at the Thrissur Swaraj Round. Two of the victims, Asianet News camera men Madhu Menon and Jeevan TV camera man Jithin, have been injured. The cameramen were attacked when they tried to capture the visuals of the BJP workers destroying banners of other political parties.


The BJP took out processions in all the six talukAs in the district. At the stadium ground in Palakkad, BJP workers destroyed a few CITU state conference banners and posters put up at various places in connection with their forthcoming conference. KSRTC buses and private buses are off the roads.


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