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Violence in capital unabated

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 2. Traffic policemen were attacked and Government vehicles set on fire as activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI), demanding the resignation of the Industries Minister, P. K. Kunhalikutty, took to the streets for the second day today.

Thirty-seven SFI activists, including State-level leaders, who marched to the Government Secretariat on Thursday morning, were arrested by the police on charges of destroying public property, arson, unlawful assembly and attack on police officials on duty.

The City Police Commissioner, Balaram Kumar Upadhyaya, said some of the arrested youths were wanted in connection with the petrol bomb attack on the police in front of the University College and other incidents of violence in the city on Wednesday.

The police entered the Government Arts College at Thycaud at around 2 p.m. and detained 39 students who were in the college library. Thirty-six of the students were let off in the evening from the Thampanoor police station, while three were arrested in connection with the torching of a Matsyafed vehicle at Thycaud.

The sub-inspector of police (traffic), Jayaprakash, was hauled off his official motorbike and beaten by youths suspected to be student activists near the General Hospital. Protesters at Jacob's Junction beat up a traffic police head-constable, Anil Kumar.

DGP's car stoned

Stones were thrown at the car in which the Director General of Prosecution, Madhavan Nambiar, was travelling near the Government Music College at Thycaud. Mr. Nambiar escaped unhurt while the windowpane of the car was broken. Two students were arrested from the spot.

The violence started when police tried to round up nearly 100 SFI activists, many of them school students, who were dispersing peacefully after taking out a protest march to the Government Secretariat at around 11.30 a.m. The students fled the spot while the leaders lay down on the road in protest against the police action.

The policemen hauled the activists into a bus. The SFI leader, Sindhu Joy, alleged that the officer who forced her into the police bus was drunk. In the melee, several of the student leaders sustained minor injuries. A windowpane of the police bus was smashed.

Remanded

The CPI (M) MLAs, Thomas Isaac and Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, called on the students in the police station. The students were produced before the magistrate and remanded to 14 days in judicial custody. The arrest of the SFI leaders sparked off attacks against Government vehicles in different parts of the city. A Matsyafed vehicle was set on fire near the Government Arts College. The Fire and Rescue Department personnel who tried to douse the fire were pelted with stones thrown from inside the college campus.The official car of the Forest Development Corporation managing director, Manoharan Pillai, was set on fire near the Devaswom Board by two youths.

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