Protest staged in front of Kannur Collectorate
The strike by the pro-Left government employees and teachers continued to affect the functioning of government offices and educational institutions on the fourth day on Friday. There were stray incidents of strike supporters assaulting and preventing other employees from reporting for work.
Two strike supporters were arrested at Thalassery on Thursday for preventing employees from entering their office. In another incident, two employees of Government College of Engineering, Kannur, at Dharmasala were assaulted by strike supporters.
The two college employees, identified as Satheeshan and Padmanabhan, were manhandled by four strike supporters who reached the campus on a jeep.
The police said that three teacher trainees under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan at the Block Resource Centre at Chirakkara near Thalassery were stopped in front of the centre by strike supporters in the morning. The police arrested two strike supporters and the employees were allowed to enter the centre.
Meanwhile, striking employees and teachers staged a march in front of the Collectorate. Inaugurating the march, M.P. Achuthan, MP, said that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was not doing a favour to the striking unions by inviting their leaders for talks.
Referring to the clarification from the Chief Minister’s office that Mr. Chandy had not invited the union leaders for talks, the MP said there had been occasions when Chief Ministers had to hold talks with agitators.