A dawn to dusk hartal called by LDF district committee in Kozhikode has hit the normal life. Travelers from distant places who reached the city in the early morning suffered lot.Meanwhile KSRTC buses conducted services. Private vehicles and few city auto-rickshaws are running .Shops and establishments are closed.Petrol pumps in the city were packed with customers.
KSRTC buses conducting special services to Kannur,Kottiyoor temple,Thalassery .Almost all the trips were packed with passengers.But,private buses took off from the road.Few buses had service in the morning.After few hours they refused to conduct service.
Kozhikode city police arranged police buses to pick and drop patients and their relatives from Kozhikode railway station and Medical College Hospital.
‘We will protest peacefully’-P. Mohanan
He asks party men “Don’t block vehicles during hartal”
CPI(M) Kozhikode district secretary P. Mohanan said today that the party would protest, peacefully.
He was speaking to CNM at the party office in Kozhikode.
He said RSS was trying to provoke them.
He urged party workers to keep away from any outburst during the hartal such as blocking buses and vehicles.
“But we won’t fall prey in their trap.We will rise people’s protests in a democratic way. Kozhikode office attack is part of a national agenda of RSS. This attack was a planned one.”
“It was around 1.10 am.I was coming back after attending a parry function at Kuttyadi. I had informed my party colleagues at the district office,that I was on the way to stay there.They waited me at the veranda.Once,I reached there,the bomb was exploded.We had narrow escape.The miscreants hurled the steel bomb from distance since they noticed the party workers in the front area itself.A glass window was damaged in the explosion.Another bomb was caught on the spot,unexploded. One window glass broken in the attack”
‘Senseless’ hartal disturbs public
Hartal is being considered as an anti- people activity by the courts and human rights groups.And some of the LDF partners like CPI often speaks against hartals.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran had a stern stand against hartal and he disclosed his stand ,earlier.
But the left declared hartal in Kozhikode affected common men,mainly because it was declared early morning. Usually,hartals are declared on the previous day. Many workers.students and travelers from different parts wandered miles in search of drinking water,tea or snacks.Hotels and shops were closed.Large number of people crowded in the new bus stand premises to have a cup of tea and snack,where ,a temporary tea shop was arranged.In most of the city outskirts ,there was no such facilities,too.