The Tamil TV channel later cancelled the programme but two tiffin box bombs of low intensity were thrown at the channel's office. Several Hindu organisations sponsored by RSS opposed the DK's "thali" removal programme.
However, the beef-eating ceremony arranged by the DK had to be cancelled after the stay order of the court was communicated to its leaders. Though Justice D. Hariparanthaman of TN High Court, on 13th April, quashed a ban order imposed by the Chennai police on both the events, this was overturned by a special sitting of the Division Bench consisting of Justice Satish K. Agnihotri and Justice K. Venugopal at the former's residence.
"Securing supplies of iron ore, a key steelmaking raw material, has proved tougher", the site said, quoting Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of fundamental research at Karvy Stock Broking Ltd to say that "Posco has waited for a very long period and probably they thought it was time to take a final decision on their future course." The development has taken place following the South Korean company's decision to shut its engineering and construction unit in Gurgaon. Before that, in 2013, it scrapped a plan to build a steel plant in Karnataka because of land and mining delays. In2013, Arcelor- Mittal, the world's biggest producer of the alloy, pulled out of its steelmaking.
On the same day, 20 labourers – mostly adivasis from Tamil Nadu – were gunned down by the police in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district. The police claimed that the slain men were smugglers of red sanders — a rare wood with huge demand in the international market – and that the police had opened fire after coming under attack by the smugglers in Seshachalam forest in two places within a radius of one kilometre. This police story too has been proved to be nothing but a sinister lie, and the 20 workers were actually barbarously killed by the police not in self-defence and certainly not on the spot but after being taken into custody and being brutally beaten up on the previous day. An eye witness has asserted that 7 of the 20 killed were picked up by the AP police from a running bus on the AP-Tamil Nadu border. Landless tribals from Tamil Nadu are lured by smugglers into cutting trees. The labourers are not aware of the risks they have to face and are made to believe that cutting trees is a petty crime Thus there are numerous cases of this type in the AP-Tami Nadu border areas, where hundreds of poor adivasi-dalit workers are compelled to cut wood in forests by a powerful mafia engaged in a multi-crore business and enjoying political support. When caught by the police they are subjected to rigorous imprisonment and sometimes even killed. More than two thousand are now perishing in jails. Instead of taking action against the king-pins, the police are engaged in killing and torturing these hapless labourers.
The AP, Telengana and Tamil Nadu committees of CPI(ML) Red Star have severely condemned these killings and demanded stringent action against those responsible for the genocide. The CPI(ML) Red Star calls on all democratic forces to come out against these mass killings in the name of fake encounters
On 10 th February, 2014, morning people reported to the police that Hakeem's dead body was found burning in the compound of the Juma Masjid behind the Payyanur railway station. The police came very late, though the police station was only 3 kms away. It was a gruesome murder that shocked the people. There was a widespread feeling that there were no attempts to trace the criminals. Different organizations protested, raising the demand to arrest the culprits. Nothing happened and these protests cooled down. It was in June, four months after the murder, that the People's Action Committee started a struggle demanding the arrest of culprits.
Hakeem was a young man from a poor family, without any patronage of the rich or the powerful. There were attempts from above to scuttle the police enquiry at every stage; to see that no one was arrested. Crime branch enquiries and newspaper reports have subsequently confirmed the worst fears of the people – that a powerful lobby is protecting the criminals and preventing any arrest. In newspaper reports, certain politicians are also alleged to have supported the antisocial mafia behind the murder. The mafia in question is said to have grown powerful in a very short time and have amassed wealth through real estate business, money lending and unlawful activities. People are afraid of this mafia to such an extent that they don't even dare to give evidence against criminals. As elsewhere, the criminal-police-politician nexus is operative in Payyanur too, creating a fear psychosis among the general public.
The People's Action Committee started a massive Satyagraha in front of the police station from 2nd October, 2014, demanding CBI intervention and arrest of the culprits. But it was withdrawn after 42 days, as the Government assured that the CBI would be entrusted with the investigation. The agitation was resumed on 25 February, 2015, as Satyagraha in front of the Gandhi statue in Gandhi park, Payyanur and this has been going on for the past 30 days. The Action Committee has called on the political parties to take astand on the Hakeem murder issue and to initiate agitation compelling the leaders of the ruling parties to take necessary action.
As people's participation in the struggle increased, there were desperate attempts from certain quarters to threaten the leaders of the struggle, including an attempt on the life of E V Sunilkumar, who was on a bike and managed to escape narrowly. He lodged a complaint with the police but they did nothing, as they claimed that he could not identify the criminals. On 17th March, a group of miscreants waylaid his bike and attacked him again, this time with swords, in front of the CPM office. He ran for his life to a nearby house; but the criminals hacked him with swords in front of the small children in that house. The children were so terrified that they have not overcome the shock and are undergoing counselling. Certain CPM workers have warnedthe Action Committee members over the phone that Sunilkumar will not be spared! Sunil has been hospitalized with severe wounds and fractures all over his limbs.
The murder of Hakeem calls for justice; no one has been arrested so far, though the police hand out news frequently in the media that they are about to nab the criminals. In the meanwhile the poor family of the dead is finding it hard to carry on: his wife and son have no means of livelihood anymore. Action Committee chairman T. Purushothaman has appealed to all human rights activists to take up the issue and support the ongoing struggle at Payyanur and initiate action in solidarity to achieve their objectives. He has also, on behalf of the committee, made an open appeal to all to try and prevail on the Kerala government to take stringent action against the murderers of Hakeem and the criminal mafia that has instigated murder.