Kerala: BJP workers' protest march in Kasaragod turns violent
Media reports said police clashed with the protesters while trying to stop them from hurling stones at CPM offices and co-operative banks
BJP workers’ protest march as part of the hartal called by the party in Kasaragod district in Kerala on Tuesday against the alleged lack of political freedom and violence perpetrated by the ruling CPM turned violent, following which the police had to use tear gas.
Media reports said police clashed with the protesters while trying to stop them from hurling stones at CPM offices and co-operative banks. At some places, the CPM flags were destroyed. According to police, there was an attempt to attack the Deshabhimani, CPM official mouthpiece, office.
When the police tried to block them, the protesters turned more violent. This prompted the police to fire tear gas.
The hartal was called following the CPM-BJP clash on Monday at Cheruvathur during the BJP Padayatra to Cheemeni, a CPM stronghold in the district. The police had then taken into custody some BJP leaders who blocked the National Highway in protest.
Among the arrested were RSS activist Valsan Thillankeri; BJP district president K. Sreekanth; party joint Secretary K. Velayudhan besides BJP State council member Raveesha Thantri Kundar.
The hartal was complete as local businesses and government offices remained shut, while schools and colleges were on an extended Christmas holiday and remained unaffected. KSRTC and private passenger buses and autorickshaws stayed off the road.
Essential services and Sabarimala pilgrims had been exempted from the hartal. Kannur University postponed all examinations scheduled for the day.