Political clashes claimed one more life in this northern district of Kerala, taking the death toll to four in two days of violence.
Mahesh, 33, an activist of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was hacked to death allegedly by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) workers on Thursday evening.
Mahesh, an autorickshaw driver, was attacked at Chittaripparambu, about 30 kms from the district headquarters.
Aneesh Kumar, also a BJP activist, was also attacked in another incident at Kaitheri in the district.
Three people were killed in clashes in Thalassery town following an attack on a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader.
The district has been a hotbed of political violence between the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the BJP-RSS combine.
Kannur district and the nearby Mahe, a region of union territory of Puducherry, observed a dawn-to-dusk general shutdown on Thursday following a call given by the BJP-RSS and the CPI-M.