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Fresh incidents of violence in Kannur

Fresh incidents of violence in Kannur

Author: Our Staff Reporter
Publication: The Hindu
Date: December 1, 2004
URL: http://www.hindu.com/2004/12/01/stories/2004120111000800.htm

Sporadic incidents of violence occurred in different parts of the district today as a sequel to the clashes between CPI(M) and IUML workers here yesterday in connection with the public reception to the Industries Minister, P. K. Kunhalikutty, organised by the IUML district committee.

Tension prevailed in Narath and Kambil areas here as IUML workers vandalised a CPI(M)- controlled library at Kambil late last night. In a retaliatory strike, CPI(M) workers attacked an IUML office in a nearby spot. The IUML workers also targeted mediapersons who reached Narath in a vehicle of the Kairali TV this morning. The windscreen of the vehicle was smashed in heavy stone-throwing. Five mediapersons in the vehicle suffered minor injuries in the attack.

An attempt was also made to manhandle the Kannur MP, A. P. Abdullakutty, who was travelling in another vehicle along with the SFI State secretary, T. V. Rajesh, at Narath this morning. Shops in Kambil and Narath and Irikkur areas remained closed. The MP's house at Pallikunnu here came under attack late last night by IUML workers. Glass panes of the house were broken.

The police opened fire in the air to disperse a violent mob of IUML workers who assembled at Kulam Bazar, near Muzhappilangad, at around 1 a.m. The police also fired teargas shells. A mini lorry carrying IUML workers returning after the function was attacked by a group of CPI(M) workers near Pattannur in the early hours of today. Three shops of IUML sympathisers here were also attacked. The CPI(M) local office and a library were targets of stone- throwing by IUML workers. Mediapersons took out a protest march here today to condemn the attack on journalists who were covering the incidents of violence yesterday.

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