Julius Nikithas, son of former MLA KK Lathika and CPI (M) district secretary P Mohanan, and his wife Saniyo Manomi, a reporter with Asianet News, were attacked by a group of hartal supporters around 12 PM on Saturday while travelling in a car in Kuttiyadi, Kozhikode.
The couple was reportedly travelling from Saniyo’s house in Paleri to Julius’s house in Ambalakkulangara. A gang of ten stopped the car at Ambalakkulangara and allegedly attacked them, taking the car keys and pulling the couple out. Julius’s nose is broken and Saniyo was also allegedly beaten on her chest and below her stomach.
The hartal had been called by the Hindu Aikya Vedi and Sabarimala Karma Samithi to protest against the arrest of Hindu Aikya Vedi President KP Sasikala.
Sasikala was on the way to the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple and she was topped at Marakootam by the police citing the time restrictions imposed at Sannidhanam. The police later arrested her and shifted to Ranni police station.
The Hindu Karma Samithi still conducts prayer protest in front of Ranni police station. The hartal has been from 6 am to 6 pm.