Death toll in Kerala violence rises to four

April 18th, 2008 - 4:36 pm ICT by admin  

Kasargod (Kerala), April 18 (IANS) One more person was killed in communal clashes Friday afternoon near Kasargod town in Kerala. The death toll in the incidents of communal clashes in Kasargod district in the last four days has risen to four.

The police identified the victim as Muhammed. “He was stabbed and later died at a private hospital here,” an official at Kasargod police control room told IANS.

Communal violence erupted in the district following the murder of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activist at Kasargod town Tuesday.

The district is observing a shutdown Friday following a call given by Sangh Parivar organisations, protesting the murder of trade union leader P. Suhas Thursday.

Suhas was the district vice-president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. He was stabbed to death at Kanhangad, 40 km south of Kasargod town.

The shutdown affected normal life as all vehicles, except a few two-wheelers, kept off the road.

Three people were injured when the car they were travelling in was attacked at Ambalathara near Kanhangad Thursday midnight. The condition of one of the injured is said to be critical. He was taken to a private hospital in Mangalore in Karnataka, police said.

Friday morning, a sawmill was set on fire by miscreants at Nellipparamba near Kasargod town.

To contain the violence, authorities Thursday enforced orders prohibiting assembly of four or more people in Kasargod town and in areas coming under four neighbouring panchayats (village councils). Top police officials are camping in the district.

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