One held in connection with IUML activist's murder

Kannur: One person has been arrested in connection with the killing of an Indian Union Muslim League activist Abdul Shookur (28) during the recent clashes in and around politically-volatile Thaliparamba in Kannur district, police said Thursday.

Ajitkumar (42) of Morazha in Kannur district was arrested by the special squad that was constituted to nab the people involved in the attack on Shookur at Keezhara in the district on February 20, police said.

He was arrested from Kasargod district.

Thaliparamba and surrounding areas had witnessed political clashes betweene CPI(M) and IUML activists in the last month.

Three CPI(M) leaders--Jayarajan, Kannur District CPI(M) Secretary, T V Rajesh, MLA and another leader K Balakrishnan--were injured when stones were pelted at their car at Thaliparamba last month, allegedly by league activists. Shookur was hacked to death in the clashes.

Both UDF and LDF had also observed a 12-hour hartal in Kannur district protesting the violence on February 21.