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Chandy injured as LDF men stone his vehicle in Kannur

Special Correspondent
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Chief Minister Oommen Chandy sustained a minor injury on his forehead here on Sunday as his vehicle speeding past Left Democratic Front (LDF) workers waving black flags at him was pelted with stones.

Mr. Chandy, however, reached the venue of the State Police Athletic Meet at the Police Parade Ground and inaugurated its valedictory function.

Mr. Chandy was in the left seat of the second row of the Toyota Innova van. Rural Development Minister K.C. Joseph was in the right seat. The stones hit the window glasses on both sides of the second row, shattering them, as the convoy of vehicles, guarded by personnel of the quick response team, reached near the circle close to the Police Club here at 5.45 p.m.

The police used batons to disperse the protesting LDF workers who rushed to the Chief Minister’s convoy.

The protesters had been gathering since afternoon at various spots leading to the venue of the athletic meet. The CPI(M) leaders P. Jayarajan, P.K. Sreemathy, M.V. Jayarajan and C. Krishnan were present in various places. Mr. Chandy was scheduled to reach the venue at 5.30 p.m.

He travelled by road from the Kozhikode airport, and on the way, visited the bereaved family of K. Raghavan, musician, who died last week.

Later, Mr. Chandy was brought to Koyili Hospital around 8 p.m. and was treated at the casualty.

Splinters from the window glasses of his vehicle had injured his forehead and chest. An X-ray of the chest was taken. He was in the hospital for nearly an hour.

Mr. Chandy would undergo detailed examination at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital.

Further treatment

Talking to The Hindu over phone, Mr. Chandy said he had experienced chest pain after the attack and had been advised to go in for detailed examination. He would leave for the State capital by flight and go directly to the Medical College Hospital, Mr. Chandy said.

Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan has condemned the attack on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

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