TAMIL NADU

Hartal in city today

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEB. 15. The RSS-BJP-BMS combine has called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the city in protest against the attack on an RSS district functionary, V. Harikumar, by suspected DYFI workers near West Fort on Thursday night.

A press release said that medical shops, newspapers and milk distribution have been excluded from the hartal.

Police said that Harikumar was attacked by a 12-member gang at around 11 p.m. He sustained serious knife injuries to his head and limbs and is under treatment at the Medical College Hospital here.

Meanwhile, the police have stepped up night patrolling in the city to round up anti-social elements in a bid to prevent any violence during the hartal.

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