Members of the district unit of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) took out a procession and staged a dharna here on Tuesday in protest against the rise in petrol prices.

They marched to the taluk office where they staged a dharna. They accused the Union and State Governments, of adopting anti-people policies in order to safeguard the interests of oil companies.

T.S. Suneetkumar, secretary of the district unit, said the Left parties, which should have protested against the Centre, had failed to protect the interests of the common man.

A memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was submitted, demanding the withdrawal of the hike in petrol prices.