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Widespread protests against hike in students’ bus fare

Mounting protest:Police personnel blocking Students Federation of India activists marching to the Collectorate in Kannur on Thursday.—PHOTO: S.K. MOHAN
Mounting protest:Police personnel blocking Students Federation of India activists marching to the Collectorate in Kannur on Thursday.—PHOTO: S.K. MOHAN

Muslim Students Federation (MSF) activists laid siege to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) depot here on Thursday demanding concession for students in KSRTC buses and withdrawal of the increase in student bus fare.

MSF State president T.P. Ashraf Ali inaugurated the siege. MSF district general secretary K.M. Shafi presided. They said that the government had increased the student bus fare without consulting student organisations.

They warned of launching an agitation, including travelling on KSRTC buses illegally, if the government did not pay heed to their demands.

Clash in Kannur

Special Correspondent writes from Kannur: A march taken out by activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) to the Collectorate here on Thursday to protest against the move to increase students’ bus fare turned violent with the protestors throwing stones at the police and destroying campaign boards of the Youth Congress.

The police used canes to disperse the protesting students who turned their ire at the police deployed in front of the Collectorate complex in view of the protest against the bus fare hike. The march began at around noon and the trouble started after SFI national president T. Shivadas inaugurated the march. The protestors dispersed when the police used their lathis.

After their dispersal, the SFI activists turned their wrath at the posters and campaign materials of the Youth Congress displayed at the organising committee office of the youth rally scheduled for Thursday. Some of the window panes of the organising committee office were shattered.

The protesting students also damaged advertisement boards displayed along the median on the road from the Stadium to the Collectorate. The confrontation between the SFI and the Kerala Students Union/Youth Congress workers left the area tense for some time. The police said that a KSU worker suffered injury in the stone-throwing.

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