THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the BJP in parts of Venjaramoodu in protest against the attack on party activists allegedly by CPI (M) workers passed off peacefully on Monday. Tight security arrangements were made in the Manickal and Nellanad grama panchayats to prevent any possible retaliatory incidents. The hartal was called after five BJP activists sustained serious injuries in a clash with CPI (M) activists at Chelayam in Koliyakode t after the latter were returning after New Year eve celebrations.
Soon after the incident came to light, the Venjaramoodu police reacted in a swift manner to bring to book eight persons who were allegedly present during the clash. The accused, Sreeraj, Lalu, Prasanth, Nandu, Rahul, Nandu, Rajmohan and Pradeep, all activists of the DYFI were remanded to judicial custody after being produced at a local court on Monday. Efforts were on to apprehend some more identifiable people, who are suspected to have been involved in the incident, the police said. Meanwhile, the medical condition of the injured activists who were admitted at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital has improved.