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Situation in Kerala’s Kannur under control after ABVP member’s killing: Police

ABVP member Shyam Prasad was allegedly hacked to death on Friday by a three-member gang when he was going to his house at Koothuparamba in Kannur.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2018 15:36 IST
Press Trust of India
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ABVP member Shyam Prasad was killed in Kerala Kannur district. (ABVP Kerala Twitter)

The situation in Kerala’s Kannur district, where a BJP-sponsored hartal was being observed on Saturday to protest the killing of an ABVP member, was under control and no untoward incident has been reported so far, police said.

A member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Shyam Prasad, was allegedly hacked to death on Friday by a three-member gang when he was going to his house at Koothuparamba on his motorcycle.

Tight security arrangements were made on Saturday, with police personnel from other districts being deployed in strength in vulnerable pockets.

“No untoward incident was reported so far,” Peravoor circle inspector Kuttikrishnan said.

Four persons, belonging to the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), were taken into custody in connection with the killing and further investigations were underway, he said.

Police suspected that the killing could be a sequel to a clashbetween workers of the SDPI and BJP-RSS combine last week in the area.

Vehicles and essential services were exemptedfrom the dawn-to-dusk hartal.

Sources in the BJP’s Kannur unit said the post-mortem examination of Prasad’s body was on at the Pariyaram Medical College in Kannur and the funeral will be held on Saturday evening athis native place.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 15:36 IST