Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Policemen and Communist Party of India (Marxist) activists were injured when a demonstration by the party against price rise at Parliament Street here on Tuesday turned violent.

"The police were forced to use water cannons when the demonstrators tried to jump over the third row of barricades to march towards Parliament," said a senior police officer. The protesters then resorted to stone pelting, injuring some policemen.

Earlier, addressing the meeting, CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury criticised the Union Government for failing to take effective measures to check the price rise. He said prices could have been controlled, had the Government curbed futures trading in essential commodities, revised the tax structure for petroleum products and strengthened the PDS.