KSU, DYFI activists clash over CPM flag posts in Kerala; both groups call for hartal today
Activists of Kerala Students Union, the student wing of Congress and DYFI, the youth wing of ruling CPM clashed in Alappuzha on Saturday
Alappuzha: Activists of Kerala Students Union, the student wing of Congress and DYFI, the youth wing of ruling CPM clashed in Alappuzha on Saturday and police resorted to a lathicharge to disperse them.
Police said trouble started late in the evening when KSU activists taking part in a rally, as part of the state KSU convention, allegedly destroyed flag posts of CPM.
A group of DYFI workers then marched to the venue of the meet and engaged in a heated arguement, which resulted in a clash, police said.
Alappuzha district Congress president M Liju alleged that DYFI workers marched to the venue with sticks, pelted stones and also damaged the cars of Congress leaders, including that of Kodikunnel Suresh, a Member of Parliament.
He alleged that several KSU activists were injured in the stone pelting by the DFYI activists.
Liju said that KPCC president MM Hassan was among those present at the venue when the incident occurred.
Both KSU and DYFI have called for a hartal in the city on Sunday.
The case was registered against the Congress leader under IPC Section 153 based on a complaint lodged by a local CPI-M worker, Palarivattom police said