Youth League worker murder: CPI(M) party offices attacked in Kerala's Kannur

Meanwhile, an alleged CPI(M) worker has been taken into custody over the murder of the Youth League member.
Screen grab of a vandalised CPI(M) party office
Screen grab of a vandalised CPI(M) party office
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At least 10 CPI(M) party offices were vandalised and police resorted to baton charge as violence broke out in Kerala's Kannur district on Wednesday night over the murder of a 22-year-old member of the Youth League, the youth wing of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). Widespread violence took place during the funeral procession of Mansur, who was murdered in a post-poll clash allegedly between workers of the CPI(M) and the IUML on Tuesday.

CPI(M) offices at Panoor in Kannur district have been attacked and burned, a party source from the district told PTI. Kannur Superintendent of Police Ilango R told PTI that police resorted to baton charge to dismiss the violent crowd in Kolavalloor police station limits.

"Around five to six persons, mostly IUML workers, were taken into custody after some miscreants vandalised around five party offices in Chokli and Kolavellur police station limits. A few more were also attacked in other places,” he said.

Three police personnel got injured and a police bus was damaged. Houses of few accused in the murder case were also attacked, he said. More people will be taken into custody and a case will be registered, the officer said, adding that extra police force had been deployed and the situation was under control.

"I visited the spot. The funeral procession happened late in the evening and some people attacked the party offices in the dark. Only party offices were attacked it seems," the Kannur Range IG said.

"At least five CPI(M) offices in Kannur district were gutted down by the IUML activists. Even though the police claim that everything was under control, the Muslim League workers are threatening CPI(M) families," a party official told PTI.

Meanwhile, District Collector TV Subhash has called an all-party peace meeting at 11 am on Thursday. Kannur Range Inspector General Venugopal K Nair said the situation was under control.

Mansur had suffered critical injuries to his leg and was admitted to a private hospital in Kozhikode, where he was declared dead by the doctors, police said.

On Wednesday, an alleged CPI(M) activist was taken into custody by the police soon after the incident. The Youth league is the youth wing of the IUML, a key ally of the opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front. According to local witnesses, the incident happened when a clash broke out in Paral area in Koothuparamba constituency over allegations of bogus voting by around 8 pm on Tuesday.

A group of people waylaid Manusur and his brother Muhsin, a UDF poll agent, near their home and hurled bombs at them before attacking the youth with sharp weapons, they said. Muhsin, who also sustained serious injuries, was rushed to the private hospital in Kozhikode.

While the IUML alleged that the ruling CPI(M) was behind the killing of Mansur, the Left party dismissed the charge and took a stand that it was not a political murder. The Congress-led UDF opposition observed a strike at Koothuparamba on Wednesday.

Koothuparamba Assembly constituency in the northern Kerala district of Kannur witnessed a fierce contest between KP Mohanan of the Lok Janatantrik Dal, a partner of the ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front and Pottankandy Abdullah of the IUML.

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