KERALA

Dalit march to Antony's house turns violent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MARCH 3 . A march organised by various Dalit organisations to the official residence of the Chief Minister, A. K. Antony, took a violent turn in the city on Wednesday afternoon.

A section of the protestors threw stones and sticks at the police positioned behind iron barricades at the Devaswom Board junction. The attack came while the leaders of the march were addressing the protestors.

Another group roughed up a police videographer covering the march. The riot policemen led by the Assistant Commissioner (Fort), Venugopal, rushed out from behind the barricades to the rescue of the videographer. This led to a tense standoff between the police and a section of the protestors, mostly youth wielding flagstaff.

The situation was defused following the intervention of some senior Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha (KPMS) leaders. The march was taken out to protest against the Government `indifference' to the problems of the SC/ST communities in the State.

Killi Action Council march: Meanwhile, the police stopped the Cliff House march organised by the Killi Joint Action Council at the YMR junction at Nanthencode. The former Chief Minister and CPI leader, P. K. Vasudevan Nair, inaugurated the protest. He urged the Government to revoke the reinstatement of the `tainted' policemen responsible for the `human rights violation' at Killi last year. The former Speaker, M. Vijayakumar, also spoke. Varkala Radhakrishnan, MP, Kadakampally Surendran, former MLA, and the CPI district secretary, P. Ramachandran Nair, were among those who spoke.