Hartal near total in Kozhikode, peaceful in Wayanad
Kozhikode: The nationwide hartal called by the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Tuesday, against rising prices of commodities was near total in the district. Shops remained closed and vehicles stayed off road.
Incidents of stone-throwing on Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses were reported from Thamarassery, Chemancherry, Mooradu, Naduvannoor, Thanneerpanthal, Paroppady, Pantheerankavu and Ramanattukara. Buses were stopped and their tyres deflated at some places. Following this, all services from the Thamarassery depot were stopped until afternoon. Six persons were taken into custody.
Attendance at government offices, the Collectorate and taluk offices was low. A minor scuffle ensued at Balussery when hartal supporters clashed with CPI(M) workers who were riding two-wheelers. Tension was also reported from Feroke were a person was arrested on suspicion of attempting to stone a bus.
The hartal also caused hardships to persons alighting at the Kozhikode railway station. Some hitched rides on two-wheelers. Members of the Calicut Hunters’ Club offered free rides on their two-wheelers to commuters stranded at the railway station and the bus stand. The 50-member club has won much applause for their service during hartals.
No untoward incidents
The hartal was total and peaceful in the district. No untoward incidents were reported from anywhere in the district, G. Spurjankumar, Superintendent of Police, said.
Attendance at government offices and public undertakings was thin. All educational institutions, shops and business establishments remained closed. While private buses too kept off the road, the KSRTC operated a few services from the Sulthan Bathery depot to Bangalore, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, Gundlupet and Gudalur with the help of police convoys. However, there were very few passengers.
There were reports of hartal supporters forcibly blocking private vehicles that ventured on to the roads.
BMS activists took out marches in major towns in the district after the hartal.