DYFI, other Left activists lay siege to Kollam hospital
KOLLAM: High drama and tension prevailed at the district hospital here on Saturday evening after three Kerala Students’ Union (KSU) activists, including a girl, got themselves admitted there following violence at a Thevally school.
Demanding their arrest, Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) workers and teachers and activists of service organisations affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) laid siege to the hospital.
A posse of police arrived at the scene. Scuffles broke out each time the DYFI activists attempted to break the police cordon and barge into the casualty. Though the police later arrested the two men, the girl, Shoba, was taken for medical investigation to another section.
The DYFI activists pressed for her arrest. As the situation started deteriorating, the police whisked her out through another exit and sent her to the Government Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram, with police protection. On learning about it, the demonstrators dispersed.
Six KSU activists had barged into the Malayala Sabha Lower Primary School and disrupted a cluster meeting there. They allegedly upturned the chairs and desks and tore class papers.
One of them allegedly threw a stone at a teacher, Jayaprasad of Valathungal Higher Secondary School, leading to profuse bleeding from his head.
A free for all between the activists and the teachers ensued. The teacher was immediately admitted to the district hospital and referred to the medical college hospital.
The KSU action was part of the agitation for withdrawing the seventh standard textbook for alleged objectionable content.
Basil Joseph, district secretary of the Federation of State Employees and Teachers’ Organisation, and G. Pankajakshan, district president of the NGO Union, condemned the KSU attack.