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Narath tense as police block BJP protest march

Narath tense as police block BJP protest march

Kannur: Tension mounted at Narath as police blocked the BJP protest march to the alleged PFI camp here on Tuesday.

Police were deployed earlier the day in the area anticipating the trouble.

The protesters staged a sit-in on the road and shouted slogans. Things got anxious when the party workers tried to break in the police barricades. The protesters also hurled stones at the police followed by which they resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd.

Police are still camping in the area and a prohibitory order has been in place in Narath from May 6 to May 13 to prevent any untoward developments.

Police had denied permission to the BJP to hold protest demonstration there in the wake of the tense situation following the arrest of 21 Popular Front of India (PFI) activists after they allegedly participated in a weapon training camp on April 24.

District police chief Rahul R Nair denied permission to the BJP to take out a protest march on May 7, to the office of Thanal, a charitable trust in Narath managed by the PFI, where the weapons training had allegedly taken place, after the PFI announced that they would block the march. However, the BJP said they would at any cost take out the march as per their plan.

The PFI was also not permitted to hold the demonstration.

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