At least eight SFI activists including its district secretary, R. Rahul and State committee member, H. Rafeeq were injured when police resorted to lathicharge to disperse SFI activists protesting against the hike in bus concession fares for students.
The protesting students tried to pull down the barricade put up by the police in front of the district collectorate as soon as the march reached there.
The police lathicharged the students after surrounding them. Those injured were admitted to the General Hospital here.
The activists, other than those were injured, were arrested and removed by the police.
Our Staff Reporter writes from Kottayam:
Various student organisations organised demonstrations in various parts of the district protesting against the government decision to hike bus fares for students. A march organised by the district committee of Students Federation of India (SFI) from the Motor Thozhilali Union office culminated with hundreds of activists creating a blockade across the MC Road.
The agitation was launched by SFI central committee member Dhanya Vijayan. District secretary M.A. Ribinsha, state committee members Alex Punnoose, Jake C. Thomas, MP, Rakesh and Renish Thankachan also spoke.
Similar demonstrations were also organised by the AISF and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad .