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Hoax hartal call over Kathua incident triggers tension in Kerala

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

A 'hoax' call on to protest the alleged gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in and Kashmir's region triggered tension in various parts of today, prompting the police to sound a high alert.

A message had been spreading via platforms since yesterday that a state-wide against the incident would be observed on Monday, urging people to join the protest.

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

In Kannur, police resorted to lathicharge to disperse protesters, who also tried to barge into the station besides trying to disrupt traffic and forcibly closing down shops.

Some police personnel, including a deputy SP, suffered injuries in the incident, police said, adding that over 40 persons were taken into custody in this regard.

The police also removed posters carrying inflammatory messages in Kannur.

A got injured in stone pelting in northern district, the police said..

Public vehicles were blocked and shops remained closed in various places in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Wayanad besides the capital city of

Protest marches holding pictures of the hapless rape victim were held in various places, including the district.

The police, however, asserted that no political party or outfit had called for the hartal.

They said that the hoax hartal call went viral as users shared the message without checking its veracity.

The minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from her house in on January 10. A week later, her body was found in the same area, and medical examination pointed towards sexual assault.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 15:45 IST