A Youth Congress worker was hacked to death late last night after crude bombs were hurled at Mattanur in Kannur district, last night.
The Youth Congress blamed the CPI-M for the attack, however the left party's leadership denied any role in it.
The deceased was identified as Shoaib, the Mattanur block Youth Congress secretary, who was at a roadside tea shop at Therur with two other party members when four assailants came in a car and hurled crude bombs attacking the three with machetes.
The critically-injured Shoaib was rushed to the Indira Gandhi Co-Operative Hospital at Thalassery where he succumbed, whereas the injured persons were stable, said police.
Cases under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 324 voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 302 (read with 34) of the IPC and sections 3 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act have been registered.
No one has been arrested in connection with the incident and further investigations were on, police said.
Meanwhile, the Congress has announced a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the district today against yesterday's attack. Kannur in north Kerala has witnessed a series of political murders and violence after the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government came to power last year.