The complete one-day shutdown called by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kerela state unit on Thursday has affected daily life in the state, reports said. While shops and establishments remained closed, government and private establishments recorded a low attendance as public as the private transport and buses remained off the road. It was reported that commuters arriving at railway stations remained stranded as public transport was unavailable. In an alleged Left vs Right conflict, a BJP worker was murdered in Kannur on Wednesday at Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s village. The murder was second in two days, also the seventh in Kannur district since Vijayan assumed office in May. However, Vijayan’s cabinet held its routine weekly meeting at the state secretariat where security was stepped up.
The police, apprehended about the security of employees reaching office, was deployed in large numbers at Indian Space Research Organisation centre and Technopark campus. Several private firms also allowed their workers to work from home. Some protest were also seen at Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram where protesters vented their anger against the media by destroying the advertisement boards of the Communist Party of India-Marxist.