Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Clash toll reaches six; hartal peaceful

20 May 2009

Thiruvananthapuram, May 19: The toll in the clashes between two groups at Cheiriyathuracoastal area near here has risen to six, with one more person succumbing to injuries at a hospital here Tuesday. Kanni Haji (60), who was undergoing treatment at the Medical college hospital died today, hospital sources said.

Four persons were killed and 37 injured in the clash, which broke out on May 17 after some persons extorted money from a restaurant in the area.

Police made a lathicharge and burst teargas shells to disperse the crowd which attacked them with country bombs and stones.

Meanwhile, the 12-hour hartal in the district called by various Muslim outfits today in protest against the 'police action' passed off peacefully.

Barring a few incidents of stone pelting at State Road Transport Corporation buses at some plces, no major incident was reported from anywhere, police said.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicles also kept off the roads in many places. The Kerala University had postponed all exams scheduled for the day.

Meanwhile, State Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan Tuesday visited the violence torn area along with Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Law Minister M Vijayakumar.

Achuthanandan said that a cabinet meeting tomorrow would discuss grievances aired by both sections of people.

The state government had already ordered a judicial probe into the incident and announced a solatium of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of those killed.

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