Three killed, one hurt in political violence

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On alert: Police personnel being deployed in Thalassery town on Wednesday following the outbreak of political violence.
On alert: Police personnel being deployed in Thalassery town on Wednesday following the outbreak of political violence.

Staff Reporter

Tension grips Thalassery town as BJP-RSS, CPI(M) activists go on murder spree

KANNUR: Two Bharatiya Janata Party-Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (BJP-RSS) workers and a Communist Party of India (Marxist) worker were killed and a BJP worker was critically injured in political violence that broke out at Thalassery on Wednesday afternoon.

Tension gripped Thalasssery town and nearby areas with the outbreak of violence. A large posse of police personnel were deployed in the area in view of the escalating law and order situation.

The police identified the victims of violence as CPI(M) worker Ranjith (39), autorickshaw driver; BJP-RSS workers Nikhil (22), lorry driver, and Santhosh (35). BJP worker M.P. Sumesh (40) suffered critical stab injuries in the attack.

According to the police, the trouble started after Sumesh was attacked by a group of suspected CPI(M) workers at Narangapuram at Thalassery at 3 p.m. He suffered serious stab injuries in his head and one of his palms was severed in the attack. He was rushed to a hospital in Kozhikode. Within half an hour of the attack, Ranjith came under attack by alleged BJP-RSS workers on Logan’s Road, which is the heart of Thalassery town. Though he was immediately rushed to a hospital at Thalassery, he succumbed to his multiple stab injuries.

The law and order situation in the town worsened as retaliatory incidents of violence were reported from the suburbs of Thalassery. BJP worker Nikhil was attacked at Kooli Bazar in Kolachery near the town at 3.30 p.m. Suspected CPI(M) workers reportedly dragged him out of the lorry he was driving and stabbed him to death. BJP worker Santhosh was fatally injured in an attack by suspected CPI(M) activists at Eruvatti near Koothuparamba at 6 p.m.

Senior police officers, headed by Inspector-General of Police V. Shantharam, were camping in the area in view of the tension. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC were clamped on areas under the Thalassery, Dharmadam, Panur, Chokli and Koothuparamba police station limits. Thalassery town looked deserted in the afternoon as shops and other commercial establishments downed their shutters following the incidents. It was for the first time in recent years that political violence broke out within the town.

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