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30 injured in clashes

Staff Reporter

Violence spreads to new areas


CPI(M), IUML activists hurl country bombs

Police use lathi and grenades to disburse crowds


Kozhikode:

Violent clashes between the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Left Democratic Front (LDF) continued unabated in the rural areas of the district for the third day on Wednesday.

In spite of the deployment of police personnel, violence spread to several communally and politically sensitive areas of Nadapuram and Thooneeri on Wednesday. More than 30 persons were injured in clashes between the workers of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) during marches taken out by the parties at Iriganur near Nadapuram at 6 p.m. The injured were admitted to various hospitals in the city, including the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital and government taluk hospitals, the police said.

The rival parties hurled country-made bombs at each other soon after the police dispersed the crowd. The police had to resort to a lathi-charge as well as fire grenades from riot-guns to disperse the marchers. A large-posse of personnel was camping in the areas. The situation was under control, an officer said.

The trouble at Iriganur and Thooneri began on Wednesday after an IUML local leader, Kunahamed Master, was attacked with deadly weapons allegedly by CPI(M) workers on Tuesday night. A six-member gang attacked him while he was on his way to his house. He was admitted with serious injuries to a private hospital in the city.

Earlier he had sustained injuries during a clash between CPI(M) and IUML at Modavantheri near Thooneri.

Violence in the interiors of the district had erupted in the aftermath of school parliamentary polls at Nochard Higher Secondary School on Monday. Over 25 persons, including three policemen and three teachers, were injured in a series of clashes between activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India and Youth Congress-Muslim Youth League workers at Velliyur, Chalikkara and Perambra town.

One of the teachers, E.T. Abdul Aziz, suffered serious head injuries after he was assaulted with sticks, allegedly by DYFI workers.

On Tuesday, the clashes spread to Velliyur, Chalikkara, Balussery, Kodiyattur and Kurachundu. The IUML Mandalam office was attacked at Kuttalida in the limits of Balussery police station on Tuesday. Three persons were injured in the attack.

Police personnel have been deployed in all the trouble-hit regions. However, a tense situation has gripped these areas.

The Congress and IUML leaders accused the police of not taking action against the CPI (M) workers who were behind these incidents.

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