Kannur: A dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Congress began on Tuesday in Kannur district, after a Youth Congress leader was hacked to death by a group of unidentified men at Edayannur near Mattannur.
Mattnnur block secretary Shuhaib, 30, of Edayannur was attacked on Monday night, around 11.30 pm. The assailants burst bombs to scare the people around before carrying out the crime.
Two others Naushad, and Riyaz, both 27, were injured as the bombs were thrown at them while they were having tea at a friend's shop. The gang of assailants threw bombs at them and hacked Shuhaib. Seriously wounded in both legs, he was rushed to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, but died on the way at the Indira Gandhi Co-Operative Hospital in Thalassery around 1.30 am on Tuesday.
The body will be kept at Pariyaram, Thaliparambu, Edayannur, and Kannur for the public to pay their respects.
Police have booked a case and begun investigation. The Congress said they would not blockade vehicles.