THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Violence marred the dawn to dusk hartal called by the UDF against the police action towards youth congress activists staging indefinite fast on the fee hike in self-financing colleges. Protestors pelted stones towards the bus and blocked vehicles in many places. The protestors obstructed Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac’s car at the Bakery Junction. Shops and business establishments remained closed. Schools did not function.
The hartal began peacefully. There were KSRTC bus services in the city. Private vehicles and two-wheelers were seen on the roads. Autos too operated services. Meantime, private buses did not operate services. Police vehicles were arranged to carry passengers from railway stations.
However after the assembly was adjourned for the day following opposition uproar, youth congress activists came in groups and started blocking vehicles. The activists blocked KSRTC buses at the depot in Neyyatinkara. Stones were pelted at the KSRTC bus operating service at Killi in Kattakada. Two wheelers were also not spared. When sporadic incidents spread, KSRTC suspended its services.