Pre-poll violence: Kerala minister hurt in stone pelting
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Last Updated: Monday, April 11, 2011, 21:27
Thiruvananthapuram: Sporadic clashes between LDF and UDF workers, including an incident of stone pelting in which state ports minister V Surendran Pillai was injured, on Monday marred the conclusion of poll campaign in Kerala.

Tension prevailed in Poothura area in Thiruvananthapuram constituency as a group of UDF workers sought to block the campaign vehicle in which Pillai, the LDF candidate, was canvassing for votes in the dying moments of the campaign for the April 13 assembly elections, police said.

Pillai belongs to Kerala Congress (Thomas) faction, a constituent of the ruling LDF.

UDF workers started creating problem alleging that there had been an attempt earlier to block the convoy of Defence Minister AK Antony in the area.

According to police, Pillai was hurt on his forehead after being hit by a stone. He was taken to a private hospital, police said.

Minor clashes were also reported from places like Perithalmanna, Kayamkulam, Karunagapply and Kaipamangalam.

Police said there had been no major violence and the overall situation was normal throughout the state. The campaigning had remained peaceful by large so far.


First Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 21:27

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