Benoy Viswom to attend all-party peace meeting today
District Collector P.B. Salim, who is also the District Magistrate, has issued prohibitory orders in Nadapuram region under Section 19 of the Police Act.
It will be in force till October 27. The order comes in the wake of a tense situation prevailing in and around Nadapuram after the panchayat elections.
The order will be in force in all areas under Nadapuram and Valayam police stations. More police personnel had been deployed to contain any possible spread of violence to adjoining areas. Areas like Vanimel, Edachery, Chekkiyad, Purameri and Ayancheri will be under strong police surveillance, district police sources said. here.
Forest Minister Benoy Viswom, K.K. Lathika, MLA, and representatives of various political parties will attend an all-party peace meeting at Nadapuram, convened by Mr. Salim, on Monday.
Clashes involving United Democratic Front (UDF) and Left Democratic Front (LDF) workers were reported on Saturday night.
Nearly 15 persons had been injured since then in various incidents.
The LDF observed a hartal in Kuningad, Kadameri and Thanneerpanthal in Nadapauram on Sunday. The hartal was peaceful. The Collector visited Nadapauram and held discussions with the police and civic officers there.
Meanwhile, Indian Union Muslim League State general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty has said that the attempt on the life of Soopy Narikkatteri, former president of the Nadapuram panchayat, by Left Democratic Front (LDF) workers, is the cause of violence in Nadapuram,
Addressing mediapersons at League House here on Sunday, he said the United Democratic Front (UDF) will not cooperate with any peace attempts unless the police booked those behind the act. “The police are behaving in a partisan manner. The people involved in the violence had police protection,” Mr. Kunhalikutty said. A large number of UDF workers were attacked during the polls.
The Home Department failed to ensure free and fair polls. The LDF is practising North Indian-model politics in the State. The Front is frustrated at loosing ground even in Kannur, he said.
The tactics will not help them in the local body polls. The Assembly polls will be the last nail on LDF's coffin, Mr. Kunhalikutty said. He visited the violence-hit areas in Nadapuram.