20 arrested for planting bombs in Kannur during Sabarimala protest


Thiruvananthapuram :– The Kerala Police have arrested 20 people in connection with the violence errupted in Kannur district Friday night over protest against the entry of two women in Sabarimala on Thursday.

The Kerala police informed that 204 people taken into preventive detention so far. 76 cases registered in connection with attacks in Pathanamthitta district, 25 remanded and 110 people are arrested.

Violence erupted across Kerala Friday night with bombs hurled at the house of Thalassery MLA and CPI(M) leader A N Shamseer among other places.

Unidentified persons riding a bike hurled a bomb at Shamseer’s house at Madapeedikayil near Thalassery in Kannur district of northern Kerala at around 10.15 pm.

The attack happened when the Left leader was attending a peace meeting organised at Thalassery after widespread violence had hit the state following the hartal declared by right-wing groups over the entry of women in Sabarimala.

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Bombs were also hurled at CPI(M) leader and former Kannur district secretary of CPI(M) P Sasi’s house at Thalassery and a CPI(M) activist Vishak attacked at Iritty, a place in Kannur district.

In another development, prohibitory orders have been issued at Pandalam, Adoor and Kodumon police station areas in Pathanamthitta district for seven days.