KERALA

Post-poll clashes grip Vadakara

Staff Reporter

25 persons injured; cases registered against 150



Clashes are mainly between CPI(M) and JD(S) activists

Properties costing lakhs of rupees destroyed



Kozhikode: Post-poll skirmishes are talking a heavy toll on the normal life of people in the rural areas of the district. Residents of mofussil towns and villages live in constant threat of fresh violence breaking out. Not a day passes without a clash between political parties. The hostilities are more intense in parts of Vadakara and adjoining regions.

Nearly 130 incidents have been registered with police stations under the Vadakara (Rural) Superintendent of Police since the campaigning for polls ended on April 14. At least 25 persons have been seriously injured and properties costing lakhs of rupees destroyed in violence, senior police officers said on Thursday.

Party offices, particularly those of Janata Dal (Secular) and houses of activists were attacked and local leaders of rival political groups were assaulted.

Warring parties

Cases were registered against 150 persons and many of them, remanded. Yet, clashes between the warring groups — CPI(M) on one side and JD(S), the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and dissident CPI (M) activists on the other side — continue unabated.

The bitter rivalry between the CPI (M) and the Janata Dal(S) was triggered off by the failure in seat-sharing talks for the Lok Sabha. Clashes have been reported in politically sensitive places such as Orkatteri, Nadapuram, Kunnummakkara, Azhiyoor, Maniyur, Valliyad and Kottappally.

CPI(M) district secretariat member P. Mohanan was assaulted, allegedly by CPI(M) dissidents, at Kunnummakkara , a few hours after polling ended on April 16.

MLA’s car attacked

Vadakara MLA M.K. Premnath, who is also the Janata Dal (S) district president, had to face the wrath of mob of CPI(M) workers, who attacked his car near Kuttiyadi last week. A stationery shop of another JD(S) functionary was set afire on Wednesday.

The coming together of the JD (S), a force to reckon with in many parts of the district, the dissident CPI (M), which has a formidable presence at Onchiyam and Eramala and the IUML, seeking to defeat the CPI(M) nominee from Vadakara, has angered the CPI(M) activists, the police said.

Vadakara is considered a stronghold of CPI(M). But now, the party now has to grapple with problems within and also with other constituents of the LDF. Several steps taken at the district and State levels of the CPI (M) failed to appease dissidents at Onchiyam and Eramala.

Candidate’s warning

Congress candidate from Vadakara Mullappally Ramachandran has warned that the situation could cause irreparable damage unless the law enforcing agencies nip such violence in the bud.

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