DYFI protest turns violent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Aug. 26. Several persons, including policemen, were injured when DYFI activists attempted to disrupt the admission for B.Tech courses in three self-financing professional colleges in the district this morning.

At all the three colleges, small groups of DYFI activists entered the campus by jumping over the compound wall in order to avoid the policemen deployed in front of the college gate.

At the Sree Chitra Engineering College, Pappanamcode, the police used canes to disperse a group of DYFI activists who attempted to disrupt the interview for B.Tech courses. Several activists sustained injuries, none seriously, in the police action. Nineteen DYFI men were arrested from the campus on charges of trespass and rioting.

In Poojappura, DYFI activists caused damage to furniture and equipment at the LBS Engineering College. The CI (Museum), T.A. Varghese, and the Head Constable (Control Room), Velayudhan, sustained minor injuries when they tried to prevent the activists. As many as 36 DYFI activists were arrested from the college on charges of public property destruction and attack on policemen.

The admission process at the Marine Engineering College, Kazhakkoottam, was disrupted by a group of DYFI men. Several of them were detained by the local police in this connection. Among those arrested were the DYFI State president, P.R. Vasanthan.

In a statement here, the State committee of the Yuvajana Vidyarthi Samara Samithi accused the police of unleashing "a brutal lathicharge'' against the DYFI men.

Meanwhile, the Latin Yuvajana Aikya Vedi, has taken strong exception to the DYFI action at the Marine Engineering College.

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