Hoax hartal triggers violence in Malabar

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In Kannur, the hartal supporters  clashed with the police, when 23 of them were taken into custody for blocking  vehicles.

Prime accused Sanji Ram (R) and other accused in Kathua rape and murder case being produced in district court on Monday. (Photo: PTI )

Kozhikode: The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the  social-media groups in protest against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu,  turned violent in the northern districts on Monday. In Kasargod, stones were pelted at buses and 10 persons were taken into custody.      One KSRTC driver was hurt in stone-pelting.     At  Vidyanagar, the police lathicharged the crowd that stopped the vehicles. In Kannur, the hartal supporters  clashed with the police, when 23 of them were taken into custody for blocking  vehicles.

Vehicles were stopped in different parts of Malappuram and Kozhikode also by crowds  that converged on the roads  in mostly Muslim-populated regions. Though the Indian Union Muslim League dismissed any connection with the hartal,  the extremist organisations like Social Democratic Party of India  supported it.      The special branch  police confirmed the involvement of the SDPI  in the strike  along with  other youngsters.

In Kozhikode, some shops, including those in the malls were asked to shut down. In prominent shopping areas like SM Street, some shops were forcibly  shut. In places like Tirur, the blocking of vehicles started from Sunday midnight onwards. Top police officials said they were unprepared for the hartal as it was the  first of its kind   that erupted over social media and not officially declared by any party or organisation.

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