The police swung canes to disperse a group of Youth Congress activists who threatened to stage a black flag protest at a meeting attended by Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy at a private hospital near Kochulloor on Monday.

District Congress Committee general secretary and Youth Congress leader M.A. Latheef led the protest. The police detained 15 Youth Congress activists on the charge of attempting to disrupt the Minister's meeting. They were later given bail from the Medical College police station.