Staff Reporter

Involving DYFI, KYF(M) workers in Thiruvalla town

Clash follows a rally by KYF(M)-KSC(M) workers

DYFI hartal in Thiruvalla

PATHANAMTHITTA: Five persons were injured in a clash between activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India and the Kerala Youth Front(M) in front of the office of Transport Minister Mathew T.Thomas at Kacheryppady in Thiruvalla town on Saturday.

Those injured are Majnu M.Rajan, KYF(M) district president; Cherian C.Thomas, mandalam president; V.R. Rajesh, Kerala Students Congress(M) State general secretary; Bobby Kakkanappally, State vice-president; and Jinu Joy, Transport Minister’s office secretary.

Charge against Minister

A group of KYF(M)-KSC(M) workers took out a march to the Minister’s office around 12 noon protesting against his alleged indifference to the waste management problem in the municipal limits.

A police party led by Circle Inspector V.Santhoshkumar blocked the protesters when they reached the Minister’s office. The situation took a turn for the worse when a few protesters tried to barge into the office.

Meanwhile, another group owing allegiance to the DYFI too reached the spot, alleging excesses on the part of KYF(M)-KSC(M) workers at the Minister’s office.

A clash between the groups followed, injuring four KYF(M)-KSC(M) activists . The police registered a case against 10 KYF(M)-KSC(M) workers. The four injured were taken into custody and produced before the Judicial First Class Magistrate in Thiruvalla as soon as they were discharged from the Taluk Hospital in the afternoon.

A case was also registered against 15 LDF workers as well as the police party on the basis of a complaint by KYF(M) leaders, Thiruvalla Sub-Inspector K.R. Pratheek said.

Meanwhile, the DYFI called for a hartal in Thiruvalla town in the afternoon, protesting against the alleged attack on the Minister’s office.

Addressing a press conference, Mr. Puthusserry, alleged that the attack on the KYF(M)-KSC(M) leaders was “pre-planned”. He alleged that the incident was yet another instance of DYFI activists taking law into their hands.