Tension prevailed in the politically-sensitive belts in Kannur after a CPI-M worker died of stab wounds on Wednesday and 15 others were seriously injured, following a clash involving National Development Front (NDF) workers at Uruvachal near Mattannur in the district.
The critically injured CPI-M worker K P Sajeevan (24), who was shifted to Kozhikode Medical college hospital last night, died around 0230 hours this morning. The condition of four others being treated at the hospital are serious, police said.
The clash occurred at Uruvachal near Mattannur on Thursday night, following an altercation after NDF supporters reportedly insulted the CPI (M) worker while he was boarding a bus with his neice. This led to attack by workers of rival parties using deadly weapons, police said.
Around 200 additional police personnel have been deployed in the area to supervise law and order situation, district superintendent of police S Sreejith said.