Friday, June 20, 2008

KSU march turns violent in three districts

Friday June 20 2008 13:46 IST
Express News Service

Policemen charging at T N Prathapan MLA during the KSU march to Collectorate, Thrissur, on Thursday.

T’PURAM: Protest marches taken out by the KSU across the state turned violent in Thrissur, Pathanamthitta and Malappuram districts.

Congress MLA T N Prathapan, several KSU activists and policemen were injured in the clashes.

The KSU has called for a statewide education-bandh on Friday to protest against the police action. The Thrissur District Congress Committee will observe a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the district on Friday to protest against Thursday’s violence. The KSU marches turned violent in the three districts after a section of agitators threw stones at the police.

The police resorted to lathicharge, used water cannons and burst grenades and teargas shells to disperse the mob. Prathapan who was participating in the agitation at Thrissur was injured in the lathicharge.

The KSU agitation was held demanding withdrawal of VII standard textbook of state syllabus owing to its pro-Communist contents. The KSU is also demanding implementation of government fees in merit seats of self-financing colleges.

While Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that the KSU was unleashing a naxal model agitation in the state, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said that the Home Minister was donning the role of Hitler. The LDF Government was trying to suppress the students’ agitation using police force, Chennithala said.

Meanwhile, KSU state president Hibi Eden said that the SFI, which had resorted to steps like forcible release of accused persons from police stations, should be termed as naxal outfit.

The KSU would go ahead with its agitation, he said

KSU strike: Chennithala warns government
Friday June 20 2008 12:25 IST
Express News Service

T’PURAM: KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala has alleged that the LDF government was trying to suppress the students’ strike led by the KSU. He said that Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was acting like Hitler.
This was not the first time that a students’ strike has been organised in the state. But if the government thinks that the strike could be suppressed using iron- hand, then it would have severe repercussions, the KPCC president warned. To protest against the police high- handedness, the Congress leaders would organise a dharna in front of the Secretariat on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While condemning the police atrocities against the KSU activists, Ramesh Chennithala said most of the students had suffered head injuries in the lathicharge which showed that the police were purposefully doing it. Naxal model attack: Kodiyeri

The KSU was carrying out naxal model attacks in the name of student agitation, said Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. Strict action would be taken against such violent agitations. The government would resist any move to put the police force out of action, he said.

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