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NC(I) pickets Collectorates

Staff Reporter

Agitation peaceful in Kollam and Pathanamthitta

KOLLAM: The collectorate picketing organised by the district unit of the National Congress (Indira) on Tuesday as part of a Statewide exercise passed off without any untoward incidents.

A section of the demonstrators reached the collectorate complex by early morning and blocked all the entrances. A good number of Government offices and courts are located within the complex.

Government employees who arrived at the usual time were prevented from entering the complex. Till the time the picketing was dispersed, attendance at the offices in the complex was almost nil. The police had made elaborate arrangements to deal with any situation. More than 1,200 policemen were deputed to man the area.

The Kollam SP, B. Sugathan, came to the scene personally and asked the NC(I) leaders to ensure that those taking part in the demonstration do not indulge in violence. The bulk of the demonstrators assembled at the Chinnakada Rest House complex and from there marched to the collectorate raising slogans against the UDF Government and the police. The march which reached the collectorate by 11 a.m. was led by the party leaders, Peethambara Kurup, K. Karunakaran Pillai, Anchal Soman, Anzar Rahim and S. Chandrababu. Inaugurating the dharna Mr. Kurup said that the front ruling the State is the leftover of the UDF created by the party leader K. Karunakaran 34 years ago. Stating that the NC(I) was the real Congress in the State, he said that within a week more than 5,000 persons in the `Oommen Chandy Congress' at Kollam will be joining the NC(I) in the presence of the party president, K. Muraleedharan.

After the address by the leaders, the cadres were symbolically arrested by the police and let off immediately following which things turned to normal at the collectorate complex.

In Pathanamthitta

Our Staff Reporter writes from Pathanamthitta: The Collectorate march and picketing staged by the NC (Indira) workers here on Tuesday ended up as a show of strength by the new political outfit in the district.

Around 2,000 people, including women, participated in the march that began from the Aban Arcade junction this forenoon.

The former Aranmula MLA Malethu Saraladevi, the NC(I) State secretaries Ajeeba M. Sahib, Rathi Kumar, Kodumon Gopinathan Nair, were among those who participated in the march followed by picketing.

NC(I) State general secretary Koyivila Ramachandran inaugurated the picketing before the main entrance of the Collectorate. The NC(I) leaders, including Mr. Ramachandran and Mrs. Saraladevi, were arrested and were taken to the police station in a van later. Party workers in their hundreds marched to the police station following the arrest of their leaders. They barged into the police station and the NC(I) district president who was in police custody addressed the party workers from the verandah of the police station.

The NC(I) leaders were found handing over a list of party workers who had participated in the march to the police and the police declared their arrest and subsequent release, later.

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