TDB holds interviews amid protests

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Braving protests by youth organisations, the Travancore Devaswom Board conducted interviews for the post of lower division clerk here on Saturday.

From early morning, a tense situation prevailed at the board headquarters. A huge posse of police was posted there. Activists of the All India Youth Federation, Democratic Youth Federation of India and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha marched to the office demanding that the interview be stopped. AIYF and DYFI activists entered the board premises and staged a protest. There were attempts to block the candidates who came for the interview. The police arrested the activists.

Board sources said that memos were despatched to 68 candidates, of whom 28 turned up. While president C.K. Guptan and member P.K. Sumathy Kutty Amma interviewed candidates, another member K. Narayanan abstained from the process.

AIYF State president V.S. Sunil Kumar later demanded that the government expel Mr. Guptan and Ms. Sumathy Kutty Amma and annul the proceedings. He demanded that the vacancies be reported to the Public Service Commission.