Ban orders in Nadapuram

Staff Reporter

Following clashes spread over two days

Several people were injured in the clashes

Collector chairs an all-party meeting

Kozhikode: The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the Nadapuram police station limits in the wake of the tense situation prevailing in the area.

The orders, issued by the District Collector in his capacity as District Magistrate, will be in force till 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Several people, including police personnel and journalists, were injured in a series of clashes between activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Indian Union Muslim league (IUML) that began on Monday and continued on Tuesday.

District Collector P.B. Salim, who chaired an all-party meeting at Nadapuram, said the representatives of political parties had agreed to the decisions taken by the district administration. He said the district administration would not revoke its decision to name an IUML worker, Theyyambadi Ismail, under the Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act. The meeting also decided to seek compensation from the government for the riot victims, he said.

Various coordination committees will be formed at the grama panchayat level, including the seven civic bodies adjoining the Nadapuram grama panchayat, to prevent such rioting in future. Isolated incidents of violence were reported from Kallachi during the dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the CPI(M) and the IUML on Tuesday. Hartal supporters burst firecrackers under a police jeep. Shops and commercial establishments remained closed.

The trouble started on Monday evening after a march taken out by the IUML activists in protest against the arrest of Ismail turned violent. The police fought a pitched battle to disperse the agitators. The activists of the CPI(M) reached the scene after the protesters pelted the local committee office of the party with stones. Scores of people were injured.

The Binu Smaraka Mandiram of the CPI(M) came under attack from miscreants early on Tuesday. Furniture and books were set ablaze.

A petty shop belonging to a party worker was destroyed.