Kerala: Youth Congress march to Milma turns violent

The agitators accused the government of scuttling the upcoming Thiruvananthapuram Regional Milk Producers Cooperative Union (TRCMPU) elections through illegal means.

The agitators accused the government of scuttling the upcoming Thiruvananthapuram Regional Milk Producers Cooperative Union (TRCMPU) elections through illegal means.

Several Youth Congress (YC) activists were injured in a clash with police after they staged a protest at Milma headquarters here on Monday.

The agitators accused the government of scuttling the upcoming Thiruvananthapuram Regional Milk Producers Cooperative Union (TRCMPU) elections through illegal means.

The protest which started in Pattom was blocked with barricades as protesters approached the Milma Bhavan. The agitators’ refusal to disperse out of the area led police to use water cannons on them.

As the situation threatened to spin out of control, police charged at protesters, injuring many. The State Secretary General of the Youth Congress, Nemom Shajeer, sustained head injuries, while five other people were also injured and later admitted to Government Medical College Hospital here. Mr. Vincent, provincial deputy, led a demonstration held later to protest against the police action.

District Congressional Committee Chairman Palode Ravi and Mr. Vincent demanded tough action against police officers for alleged excesses against protesters.

They accused the returning officer appointed for the upcoming TRCMPU elections of removing eligible voters from the voters list.

The steering committee of the Anchuthengu Dairy Cooperative Society had been dissolved through illegal means when identity cards were issued to company representatives eligible to take part in the ballot scheduled for April 9. These efforts were part of a plot to deprive UDF-run companies of the opportunity to participate in the elections, they claimed.