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THIRUVANTHAPURAM: A protest march taken out by Kerala Students Union (KSU) to the Secretariat in help of the continued PSC rank holders’ agitation turned violent on Thursday, with police and activists clashing with one another. As many as 21 individuals, together with 5 cops, had been injured in clashes that lasted for almost 45 minutes.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan alleged that the violence was the results of a conspiracy. “Police confirmed utmost restraint even after they had been brutally attacked. The protesters’ goal was to impress police,” he told the inaugural function of the revamped village roads under the local body road renovation project. “They want to divert attention from development activities of the government,” he alleged.
Former chief minister Oommen Chandy, in the meantime, criticised the police motion in opposition to KSU staff, saying the federal government was making an attempt to quell pupil protest with violence. “The authorities must give up earlier than the wave of protests quickly,” he stated. The LDF and the CPM state secretariat alleged that the Congress was making an attempt to set off law-and-order points within the state through the use of PSC rank holders’ protest as a chance.
Case in opposition to 50 KSU activists
The protest march, led by KSU state president Ok M Abhijith, was peaceable until KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran inaugurated it.
It turned violent round 2pm, when college students tried to power themselves into the Secretariat and police retaliated with lathicharge and water cannons.
A big posse of police personnel was current on the website after intelligence experiences hinted at possibilities of violence.
KSU state vice-president Sneha and basic secretary Bahul Krishna suffered head accidents whereas Abhijith and district president Seydali had been among the many injured. KSU staff retaliated to the police motion utilizing flag poles. They alleged there have been no ladies police personnel to take care of protesters and policemen resorted to verbal abuse in opposition to ladies.
Five cops, together with Cantonment AC Ok L Sajimon and management room AC Ok Sadan, had been among the many injured.
Protesters additionally ransacked a pandal erected by Kumbhara group members in entrance of the Secretariat.
Police have registered circumstances in opposition to 50 KSU activists who might be recognized whereas non-bailable fees have been invoked in opposition to 10 of them. Youth Congress state president Shafi Parambil and vice-president Ok S Sabarinadhan alleged that police personnel had even eliminated their identify boards from uniforms in order that they may not be recognized.
The MLAs whose quick entered the fifth day stated their protest would proceed.
Earlier, inaugurating the march, Mullappally Ramachandran stated it was the Kannur foyer within the CPM that ready the checklist for backdoor appointments, and hundreds have been appointed bypassing all guidelines and laws.
He stated the chief minister ought to reveal the precise variety of such appointments.
The KSU has referred to as for protests in all meeting constituencies on Friday in opposition to the police brutality.


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