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Shutdown over Kathua rape hits life in Kerala, many arrested

IANS  |  Kozhikode (Kerala) 

A shutdown called by a section of users against the rape and murder of a girl in and Kashmir derailed normal life in parts of Police took several protesters into custody.

The worst affected districts included Kozhikode, Kannur, Malappuram, Palakkad and parts of Thiruvanathapuram.

What began as a campaign in the on Sunday against the brutality heaped on an eight-year-old in Kathua region led to a shutdown on Monday.

Angry demonstrators, some shouting anti-RSS slogans, blocked traffic and force shops to shut.

Buses and other vehicles were stopped from plying on Monday morning. However, traffic resumed after the police chased away the protesters.

In Kozhikode, and Palakkad, police chase away the strikers and took some into custody. In district, the protesters and some shop keepers were engaged in a war of words.

The youths have been identified as members of the (SDPI), the political wing of the

The areas affected by the shutdown are known strongholds of the SDPI, including the suburbs of the capital district.

Government offices and banks in the affected areas opened later in the day.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 13:26 IST