Uneasy calm in Orkkatteri, Koyilandy as police keep vigil

  • By Hindu
  • | Wednesday | 14th February, 2018

An uneasy calm prevailed in the rural areas of Kozhikode district following the political violence that rocked Koyilandy and Orkkatteri on Sunday night and early hours of Monday. Fourteen Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) workers were arrested following the recovery of weapons from its party office while five CPI(M) workers were arrested for rioting, M.K. Security personnel have been deployed in large numbers in troubled spots, including Puliyancherry at Koyilandy and Orkkatteri in Eramala grama panchayat. CPI(M) district secretary P. Mohanan had put the blame on the RMP and the RSS for masterminding the violence in the rural belts. Pushkaran, District Police Chief, Kozhikode Rural, said on Tuesday.


An uneasy calm prevailed in the rural areas of Kozhikode district following the political violence that rocked Koyilandy and Orkkatteri on Sunday night and early hours of Monday.

The police claimed that the situation in the politically sensitive mofussil towns and villages had been brought under control. Security personnel have been deployed in large numbers in troubled spots, including Puliyancherry at Koyilandy and Orkkatteri in Eramala grama panchayat. Additional forces comprising 150 personnel drawn from the Malabar Special Police, armed battalions attached to Wayanad district and Kozhikode city are camping in the region.

Director-General of Police (North Zone) Rajesh Dewan, who visited the areas, said that action would be taken against the culprits. Violence would be put down with an iron hand and punitive measures would be initiated against those fomenting trouble, he said.

At least a score cases have been registered in connection with the incidents at Edacherry and Chombal police stations. Fourteen Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) workers were arrested following the recovery of weapons from its party office while five CPI(M) workers were arrested for rioting, M.K. Pushkaran, District Police Chief, Kozhikode Rural, said on Tuesday.

Widespread arson, attack on party workers with weapons, hurling of bombs at offices and reading rooms controlled by the party, and setting ablaze vehicles belonging to hostile political groups were reported on Sunday night.

Several activists of the RMP had sustained injuries after gangs reportedly affiliated to the CPI(M) attacked them at Onchiyam. The miscreants targeted the houses of the leaders of the RMP by throwing home-made explosives and attacking martyrs’ columns.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pushkaran said that a special investigation team had been constituted to probe the attack on CPI(M) workers, including the party local secretary and a municipal councillor, allegedly by the RSS at Koyilandy.

The incident had occurred when the workers were at a local library at around 9 p.m. The miscreants also vandalised the branch office at Puliyancherry and the KTS Memorial Library.

CPI(M) district secretary P. Mohanan had put the blame on the RMP and the RSS for masterminding the violence in the rural belts. However, BJP leader P. Reghunath said the CPI (M) unleashed violence to hide factionalism while Congress district president T. Siddique said the CPI(M) had planned to decimate its political rivals when its base was eroding in the region.

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