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Violence spreading to new areas in Kozhikode

Staff Reporter

Government-sponsored initiatives, peace committees fail to deliver


50 houses have come under attack at Nadapuram

Violence-affected spots continue to remain tense


Kozhikode: Efforts to restore peace in the strife-torn rural areas of the district seemed to have suffered a jolt as the raging post-poll violence is spreading to new regions in the Nadapuram-Vadakara belt.

The formation of peace committees by the district administration and the government-sponsored initiatives has not brought back normality to the troubled areas. Violence-hit spots continued to be tense and incidents are reported in these areas during night hours which the police have been unable to rein in.

More than 50 houses have come under attack at Nadapuram and adjoining areas in the past 10 days soon after the local body polls on October 23. Around 40 persons, including local leaders, were injured in clashes between hostile groups.

In the latest episode, homemade bombs were hurled at three houses in the early hours of Thursday at Kottapally in Thiruvallur grama panchayat near Nadapuram. Miscreants threw stones at four houses at Ayanacherry.

The incidents continue unabated after clashes occurred between the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) after the polls. But now the police suspect the handiwork of some fundamentalist group behind the incidents in the past few days.

Local leaders of mainstream political parties claimed that their workers were not involved in the attacks on houses. In fact, leaders of the IUML, the CPI(M), the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined hands to keep a tab on anti-social activities at Nadapuram. At present, the situation is getting out of control with houses of activists of rival parties being attacked every night.

The police said that bombs were thrown at the house of an IUML sympathiser. Fortunately, the bombs failed to explode averting damage to property or causing casualties.

Investigators recovered unexploded steel bombs in front of the house. Specialists from the bomb disposal squad defused these bombs. The Vadakara police have registered a case in connection with the incident.

Miscreants threw bombs at the houses of IUML and CPI(M) activists located on Nadapauram-Kadameri Road on Thursday morning. Both these houses were damaged. The wife of the CPI(M) worker suffered injuries in the incident.

A house at Velloor came under attack at 1.30 a.m. on Thursday. The window panes of the house were shattered in the stone-throwing incident. A similar incident took place at Irinangoor High School Road.

The houses of IUML and CPI(M) activists were attacked with stones at Ayancherry on Wednesday night. No casualties were reported.

However, the police said the situation at Thodannur, where violence was reported for the past three days, was peaceful. A large posse of police personnel was deployed in the area.

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