A local CPI(M) leader was stabbed to death, allegedly by workers of the National Development Front, a Kerala-based Muslim outfit near Iritty, about 40 km from Kannur, triggering tension in the area.
The CPI(M) Chakkad branch Secretary N Dileepan (32) died after a group of suspected NDF workers stabbed him at Vilakkod around 2100 hrs on Sunday night as he was returning home, police said on Monday.
Dileepan, who received grievous wounds on his face, neck and legs, succumbed while being taken to a hospital in Thalassery, they said.
The rival party activists, of late have engaged in frequent clashes in parts of the district. An NDF worker was stabbed to death allegedly by a group of CPI (M) activists at Kakkayangad near Iritty town on June 23.
Accusing the NDF of murdering its activist, the CPI(M) has called for a day long hartal in adjoining Kottiyoor, Kelakam, Kolayad and Kizhur localities, they said.
Meanwhile, a strong police team led by IGP (North) V Shantaram is camping in the sensitive area to supervise the law and order to prevent further untoward incidents.