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Anti-nationals behind violence during 'hartal': BJP ??

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

BJP today alleged anti-national forces were behind the in some parts of yesterday in connection with the 'hartal' observed in protest against the gang incident.

demanded that those who indulged in the be booked for terror and the matter be handed over to NIA for further probe.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting shops and houses targeted during the at Thiroor and Thanoor areas in district.

Rajasekharan alleged that there was an ulterior motive behind the attacks and that both and CPI(M) extended support to the shutdown call.

Stating that the 'hartal' cannot be viewed as a response to the of the child, he charged the with having failed to take any steps to check the violence and demanded that the source behind the attacks be traced.

He also alleged that certain police personnel took a stand in favour of the supporters.

The call was made on by some unidentified groups.

Meanwhile, State DGP Loknath Behra said a probe would be held as there was a possibility that anti-social elements could exploit this type of call by unidentified groups.

"At least 200 persons were taken into custody across the state in connection with destruction of public property during the hartal," he said.

A 'hoax' hartal call on since April 15 to protest the alleged gang and murder of the eight-year-old girl in in said a state-wide hartal against the incident would be observed on Monday and urged people to join the protest.

Hundreds of persons were yesterday taken into custody from various places for blocking public transport buses, forcibly downing shutters of shops and pelting stones at vehicles in the name of hartal.

Police said the hoax hartal call went viral as social media users shared the message without checking its veracity.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:15 IST