Initial reports said buses, taxis and autorickshaws kept off the roads and shops remained closed all over the state. The state government has declared a holiday for educational institutions, including professional colleges and universities postponed examinations scheduled for the day.
Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting at buses no major violence had been reported from anywhere, police said.
Manoj (42),jila Sharirik Shikshsn Pramukh was hacked to death by a gang that attacked him in politically-volatile Kathirur in Kannur district in north Kerala on Monday. Two others were injured, one of them seriously, in the attack.
Country-made bombs were hurled at the car in which Manoj and his companions were travelling and the attackers then hacked him to death.
RSS-BJP leaders alleged that the CPI(M) was behind the killing and gave a call for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the state for today. Four persons, stated to be CPI(M) workers, have been taken into custody for questioning in connection with the incident, police said.