//Civic chief hacked to death

Civic chief hacked to death

THRISSUR: In a poll-related violence, local CPI-M leader and Chavakkad Municipality chairman, K P Valsalan was hacked to death by unidentified persons at Munneni near Chavakkad in the district this evening. Local CPI-M leaders alleged that Muslim League workers were behind the attack. Valsalan was engaged in electioneering for the LDF candidate from Guruvayur assembly constituency, when he was attacked by a group of people, police said.

A local DYFI leader, identified as Akbar, was hospitalised in serious condition after sustaining major injuries in the incident.

Considered to be a politically sensitive area, there had been a dispute between the LDF and UDF workers over putting up party flags and other campaign materials as their election offices were located side-by-side, police said.