‘Litigation-free’ village shell-shocked

Vattavada, declared a litigation-free village by the government, on Monday mourned Abhimanyu, a student from here at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam, who was stabbed to death.

Abhimanyu was one of the few to leave the village for higher studies. While waiting for the body, the grama panchayat observed a hartal under the auspices of the CPI(M). Even during Statewide hartals, the shops in the village remain open and routine works are not disrupted. However, on Monday, all shops shut down and an uneasy calm prevailed in the region.

A senior official of the Agriculture Department, posted in the region for long, told
The Hindu
that he was seeing a hartal in the village for the first time. “These are peace-loving people who rarely go even to the nearest town of Munnar,” he said. It was not just a loss to a family but to the entire village.

Vattavada was elevated to the status of ‘litigation-free’ when no cases of litigation were reported for a long period. The village has no police station or outpost. The nearest police station is at Munnar, nearly 44 km away.

Body brought home

The body of Abhimanyu was brought to his house in Vattavada on Monday evening. An official of the Special Branch said the body would be cremated on Monday itself.

SFI stages strike

The CPI(M) and feeder organisations held protest marches at various places in the district. The SFI held a strike in the district and educational institutions remained closed.

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