Kathua rape case: As Kerala shuts down to protest incident, normal life gets derailed; several protesters taken into custody

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

 Kathua rape case: As Kerala shuts down to protest incident, normal life gets derailed; several protesters taken into custody

Protests against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. Reuters

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

What began as a campaign in the social media 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 forced 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, Kannur and Palakkad, police chased away the protesters and took some into custody. In Kannur district, the protesters and some shopkeepers were engaged in a war of words.

The youths have been identified as members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India.

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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Updated Date: Apr 16, 2018 14:57:14 IST