THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A march staged by the youth congress in the self-financing issue turned violent in the capital city. A clash broke out at the secretariat march soon after the opposition stalled the assembly proceedings over the self-financing issue. Many activists and cops sustained injuries. The march was staged in protest against chief minister’s statement criticizing the strike conducted by the youth congress. Stones and chairs were thrown at the police. The police fired tear gas shells, resorted to lathicharge and used water cannons.
The clash broke out in front of the pandal where youth congress state president Dean Kuriakose and vice president C R Mahesh are staging an indefinite fast for the past few days. Kuriakose and Mahesh felt uneasiness after the tear gas shells fell and broke near the pandal. Mahesh sustained injuries and has been shifted to the hospital.
KPCC chief V M Sudheeran reached the spot. He squatted in front of the pandal in protest against the police action. The chief minister has taken a stand of scorning the strike. The chief minister should not stoop so low, he said. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, former chief minister Oommen Chandy, MLAs and many others reached the spot.