Kerala CM Chandy, stoned by protesters taken to hospital

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CM-Chandy-in-hospitalTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: All official programmes of chief minister Oommen Chandy scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been cancelled following the directive from the doctors of medical college, Thiruvananthapuram where he is undergoing treatment. The doctors have recommended complete rest for two days at the hospital, due to which his mass contact programme scheduled in Kollam on Tuesday will be postponed.

Chandy was attacked by a group of LDF workers in Kannur on Sunday evening and he suffered minor injuries in the stone pelting. Though he had undergone preliminary treatment at Kannur, he was rushed to the state capital for more treatment late night. He was subjected to CT scanning of the chest. Doctors said his condition is stable.

Governor Nikhil Kumar and opposition leader V S Achuthanandan visited the chief minister at the hospital. Chandy was rushed to the hospital soon after he arrived from Kannur in the early hours on Monday. Health minister V S Sivakumar, home minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan and rural development minister K C Joseph accompanied him from the airport to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the police arrested 22 workers in Kannur for attacking the chief minister and his convoy. This has created mild tension in Kannur. Home minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan has convened a high level meeting of the police officers to discuss the attack against the chief minister.

The LDF leadership has also convened a meeting of its state committee in the evening to discuss the political situation that has arisen following the attack against the CM.

The central leadership of the CPM has ruled out any possibility of the involvement of the LDF workers in the attack while CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy condemned the attack.