Staff Reporter

Stones thrown at a KSRTC convoy at Chathannur in Kollam

PATHANAMTHITTA: The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Hindu Aikyavedi on Thursday was total and peaceful in Pathanamthitta district.

Shops and business establishments, including banks, remained shut in view of the hartal call. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation operated some services from its depots at Thiruvalla, Adoor and Pathanamthitta on convoy basis with police escort.

However, the patronage of these services was very low. Government offices in the district too recorded thin attendance on Thursday.

Hartal-supporters staged protest marches in the towns of Pathanamthitta, Adoor, Pandalam, Konni, Ranni and Mallappally in the forenoon.

Viswa Hindu Parishad State leader Omalloor D.Vijayakumar inaugurated the march in Pathanamthitta town.

K.Haridas, Hindu Aikya Vedi State secretary, and A.G. Unnikrishnan, Bharatiya Janata Party State secretary, also spoke. At Thiruvalla, the march was inaugurated by RSS district leader S.N. Harikrishnan.Anilkumar (Hindu Aikya Vedi) and Vijayakumar Manipuzha (BJP) also spoke.

Staff Reporter writes from Kollam: The hartal was total in the district. Barring an incident of stone-throwing at Chathannur, the hartal was peaceful.

At Chathannur, hartal-supporters threw stones on a KSRTC convoy moving under police protection. The conductor of the bus was injured in the incident. Shops and commercial establishments remained closed. Private vehicles remained off the roads.

Private bus services remained suspended. But autorickshaws were seen plying. Educational institutions remained closed.

BJP and VHP activists held a march through the city in support of the hartal.