Traffic on MG Road comes to a halt as Youth Congress, KSU unrest turns violent – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After a hiatus of several months, dramatic scenes unfolded on the city’s roads as the KSU Youth and Workers’ Congress protest march to the assembly turned violent and police took resorted to the use of water cannons to disperse the agitators. Traffic along MG Road was halted for over an hour and heavy traffic blockades were visible at Palayam and PMG Junction as police blocked the main road to arrest hundreds of protesters led by MPs Shafi Parambil and Anwar Sadath.

Later, the police arrested and evicted all protesters and restored traffic. The law and order situation on the law school campus and medical school premises had remained tense since Tuesday evening, when a group of more than 15 SFI members gathered and defeated KSU unit secretary Ashik Ashraf. The attack happened shortly after PWD Minister Mohammed Riyas left the campus after inaugurating the activities of the university union in the presence of VK Prasanth, MLA. Safna Yakub, the president of the KSU unit, who tried to save Ashik, was brutally beaten by the student gang.

Safna alleged that the SFI attack intensified after the post of Vice President in the union elections was won by KSU candidate Megha Suresh. “They were about fifty people. When there were threats and attacks earlier, we filed a complaint. But the college staff council favored SFI,” Safna said.

The injured students were rushed to the medical school hospital by KSU workers. However, a group of about 30 SFI militants from University College camped there to attack KSU workers joining the medical school. Police had moved in to disperse the two groups when a clash broke out at the medical school on Tuesday night. Then a group of people broke into a rented house in Kunnukuzhy where KSU workers were staying. Opposition leader VD Satheesan said one of the residents was beaten with an iron box and collapsed in it.

State Youth Congress Chairman Shafi Parambil arrived at the hospital late at night and arranged for treatment. But, members of the Thiruvananthapuram DCC office did not bother to visit the injured on Tuesday. KSU leaders said Congressional District Leader Palode Ravi did not visit the injured students until Wednesday afternoon. Shafi Parambil said the victory upset SFI. “We call on the police to restrain SFI workers who repeatedly violate law and order,” he told reporters. Opposition leader VD Satheesan also visited the injured workers.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After a hiatus of several months, dramatic scenes unfolded on the city’s roads as the KSU Youth and Workers’ Congress protest march to the assembly turned violent and police took resorted to the use of water cannons to disperse the agitators. Traffic along MG Road was halted for over an hour and heavy traffic blockades were visible at Palayam and PMG Junction as police blocked the main road to arrest hundreds of protesters led by MPs Shafi Parambil and Anwar Sadath. Later, the police arrested and evicted all protesters and restored traffic. The law and order situation on the law school campus and medical school premises had remained tense since Tuesday evening, when a group of more than 15 SFI members gathered and defeated KSU unit secretary Ashik Ashraf. The attack happened shortly after PWD Minister Mohammed Riyas left the campus after inaugurating the activities of the university union in the presence of VK Prasanth, MLA. Safna Yakub, the president of the KSU unit, who tried to save Ashik, was brutally beaten by the student gang. Safna alleged that the SFI attack intensified after the post of Vice President in the union elections was won by KSU candidate Megha Suresh. “They were about fifty people. When there were threats and attacks earlier, we filed a complaint. But the college staff council favored SFI,” Safna said. The injured students were rushed to the medical school hospital by KSU workers. However, a group of about 30 SFI militants from University College camped there to attack KSU workers joining the medical school. Police had moved in to disperse the two groups when a clash broke out at the medical school on Tuesday night. Then a group of people broke into a rented house in Kunnukuzhy where KSU workers were staying. Opposition leader VD Satheesan said one of the residents was beaten with an iron box and collapsed in it. State Youth Congress Chairman Shafi Parambil arrived at the hospital late at night and arranged for treatment. But, members of the Thiruvananthapuram DCC office did not bother to visit the injured on Tuesday. KSU leaders said Congressional District Leader Palode Ravi did not visit the injured students until Wednesday afternoon. Shafi Parambil said the victory upset SFI. “We call on the police to restrain SFI workers who repeatedly violate law and order,” he told reporters. Opposition leader VD Satheesan also visited the injured workers.