Hoax hartal call turns real; Public in distress
Kozhikode: A hartal is being observed in Malabar regions protesting against Kathua rape and murder case. Widespread conflicts and attacks took place in different parts of the state.
A KSRTC bus driver was injured after stones were pelted against the bus near Vidyanagar in Kasaragod.
KSRTC buses have halted service in various parts in northern districts. Shops were closed down.
Police resorted to lathi-charge on protesters in Kannur. 15 protesters were taken into police custody after which hartal supporters entered the Kannur Town police station where the protesters were taken. Then the police resorted to lathi-charge.
Lathicharge took place in Tirur also.
Vehicles including KSRTC buses were blocked at Valluvambram, Kottakkal, and Thalappara.
Protests march was held at Kondotty in Malappuram. Tyres were burned on road in Parppanangadi. Vehicles are keeping off road here.
Shops were forcefully shut in various parts of Kozhikode by the shop keepers themselves.
Police intervened and opened the shops.
Vehicles were halted also in Palakkad and Wayanad districts.
Southern district Ernakulam also saw protests on Monday. Protest march was held at Muvattupuzha.