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gathering information: Director-General of Police Jacob Punnoose and Additional Director-General of Police Ashok Kumar Singhla visiting the violence-hit area in Kasaragod on Monday.
KANNUR: A tense situation prevails in Kasaragod and nearby areas even as a dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the district on Monday in protest against the killing of two youths on Sunday passed of peacefully barring stray incidents. Prohibitory orders were clamped on the Kasaragod municipal area.
The hartal was called by the UDF in protest against what it called police ‘excesses’ in the district. The town witnessed a pitched battle on Sunday evening as IUML activists clashed with the police. Scores of people, including nearly 30 police personnel, were injured in the violence.
Superintendent of Police Ramdas Pothan was among those injured in the clashes. The police opened fire to disperse irate IUML workers who pelted stones at the police and police vehicles.
Additional Director-General of Police Mahesh Kumar Singhla and Inspector-General of Police (Kannur Range) Tomin J. Thachankary and Kozhikode City Police Commissioner S. Sreejith were camping in Kasaragod.
The body of Shafeeq, a Muslim Students Federation activist who died in police firing, was taken to his house at Cheruvathur after post-mortem examination at Pariyaram Medical College Hospital. K. Sudhakaran, MP, IUML leader M.K. Muneer and Kannur MLA-elect A.P. Abdullakutty were among those who visited the hospital.
The body of Muhammad Azhar, who was stabbed to death at Karanthakkad on Sunday night, was brought to his house at Kumbala after post-mortem examination at the General Hospital in Kasaragod.
A car parked on the road at Nullippadi in the town was set ablaze around noon.
A police party was attacked when they tried to clear a roadblock put up by hartal supporters at Chettukundu.
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