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Hartal blues: The KSRTC operating service from the Kohzikode bus station with police escort in the wake of the VHP hartal on Thursday. –
Hartal blues: The KSRTC operating service from the Kohzikode bus station with police escort in the wake of the VHP hartal on Thursday. –

Staff Reporter

A few minor incidents of stone-throwing reported

KOZHIKODE: The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in connection with the Bharat Bandh to protest against the decision to withdraw the land allocation for Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board in Jammu and Kashmir, was near-total in the district.

The hartal was peaceful expect for a few minor incidents of stone-throwing reported from different parts of the district. Shops and other business establishment were closed on the day. Three persons were injured when the car in which they were travelling lost control as it came under stone attack and hit an electric post in Thiruvangoor in the district. A lorry was stoned at Kallayi near here. Another lorry was the target of irate hartal supporters in Nandi in the district. A pick-up van was stoned near Paroppady. An autorickshaw driver was stoned by hartal supporters at Thondayad in the city. A bus of the Karnataka State Transport Corporation was stoned at Karanthur near here, but there was no damage to the bus.

The roads were deserted expect for a few private vehicles, most of them two-wheelers plying occasionally. KSRTC operated 11 services from its Kozhikode depot on convoy basis to Sulthan Bathery, Mananthavady, Palakkad, Thottipalam and Thamarassery till 6 p.m. Private buses did not operate any services. Government offices, including the Collectorate, reported thin attendance. Most of the educational institutions remained closed.

Hartal complete

A Correspondent writes from Kalpetta: The dawn-to-dusk VHP hartal was total and peace full in Wayanad district. Almost all the shops remained closed and most vehicles stayed off the road. Only 26 out of the 77 employees turned up for work at the collectorate, according to Additional District Magistrate E.T. Lohita.

The KSRTC operated four services from the Sulthan Bathery depot to Kozhikode, Mysore and Kalpetta with police protection. No untoward incidents were reported in the district, said K.Vijay Shankar, SP, said.

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