Kasargod (Kerala): Tension prevailed in Kasargode town of Kerala on Tuesday following the murder of a 34-year-old Madrasa teacher who was hacked to death by unidentified assailants near here in the wee hours on Tuesday.
Riaz was fatally attacked in his room attached to a mosque around 1.30 am. The mosque's 'Imam' Aziz, who was staying in another room, rushed out hearing screams of Riaz.The culprits reportedly slashed his throat repeatedly.
However, he was forced to retreat as stones were thrown at the building, police said.
He then called for help through the mosque's public address system, following which the assailants fled away.
A profusely bleeding Riaz was rushed to a hospital but could not be saved, police said adding the body had been sent to his hometown Madikere in neighbouring Karnataka, according to PTI.
The motive for the murder was under investigation. The autopsy was conducted at the Medical College Hospital, Pariyaram.
Condeming the murder, IUML observed a day-long hartal in the town and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. There were stone pelting in some parts of the city.
A large posse of police had been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident, police said adding senior officials were camping at the spot.
Kasargod District Collector Jeevan Babu held a peace meeting which was attended by local leaders. ADGP north zone Rajesh Dewan who had reached the spot said that the situation was under control now.