Two killed in mosque violence

via Pioneer News Service | Malappuram published on August 30, 2008

Two persons killed and fourteen others suffered injuries in the violence at the Juma Masjid at Aalinkunnu, Kottakkal in Malappuram district on Friday afternoon. The incident was the result of a conflict between the two sections of the faithful who had come to the mosque for the Juma Namaz on Friday. The dead were brothers and had been identified as Abdu and Aboobacker, sons of Muhammad Haji, Pulikkal.

Abdu died at a private hospital in Kottakkal while Aboobacker succumbed
to hack injuries at the Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode. District Superintendent of Police P Vijayan has started an inquiry into the incident. Vijayan said the violence was the result of a conflict between two sections over the control of the Mahallu committee. A large number of police personnel had been posted at the mosque to avoid any further violence.

Pulikkal Muhammad Haji had been the president of the Mahallu Committee for the past several years, and he had recently stepped down from the post following complaints and protests from one section.

The issue had been live for the past many days in the mosque and the Mahallu. The police said this had led to the tension on Friday.

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