Five students and four police personnel were injured after a Students Federation of India (SFI) workers march to the office of the Deputy Director of Education (DDE) in the city turned violent on Tuesday.
The protest march was taken out by the students’ federation demanding withdrawal of the increased fees in the ITI and professional education sector besides seeking to protect public education and the sanctity of vice-chancellors’ post in the universities.
Tear gas shells
The march, which started peacefully around 12 in the noon, turned violent after the student activists tried to enter the DDE office breaking the barricade created by the police.
The police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the protesters who refused to disperse even when the police chased them away with canes. The protesters hurled stones and empty bottles on the police personnel, four of whom including a home guard got injured in the violence.
SFI workers including its district joint secretary K. Aswanth, V.R. Vijith, A. Sinan, K. Suryajith, and S. Vishnu, also got injured during the violence. The injured police personnel were admitted to the Beach General Hospital while the students were admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital.
Traffic was blocked in the city for over 40 minutes as the conflict between the police and the students protesters continued on the Mananchira premises.
The police led by South Assistant Commissioner A.J. Babu and Kasaba Circle Inspector Babu Peringath had a tough time handling the protesters. Kasaba police have registered a case against 100 SFI workers in connection with the incident under various sections of IPC.
The march was inaugurated by SFI State secretariat member V.K. Kiranraj. Over 200 workers of the federation participated in the protest march organised by its district committee.