Thiruvananthapuram | CPI(M) MLA V Sivankutty was injured in stone-pelting when an Assembly march by Students Federation of India(SFI), the students wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), turned violent here today.
The agitators, who were protesting against the delay in printing of school text books affecting 50 lakh students, pelted stones at the police and tried to break barricades, forcing the police to resort to lathi-charge.
The police initially used water cannons and later high-sounding grenades to disburse the agitators, who pelted stones at the police and vehicles parked at the University College area. Two police men and a few SFI activists, injured in the incident, were admitted to the Government General Hospital here.
Later, the agitators re-grouped before the Government-owned University here and staged a sit-in-dharna, in protest against the police action. They alleged that the MLA was injured in stone pelting by the police.
The veteran CPI(M) leader EP Jayarajan was among others, who rushed to the spot and pacified the agitators. They also prevented them from indulging in unlawful activities. After an hours angry protests, the area was strewn with glass pieces and stones.
They alleged that the Education Department delayed the printing to help private book printing companies and schools in private sector. By wilfully creating a crisis, delaying text book printing, the Education Department was trying to give bulk print order to private parties by eyeing on bribe, they charged.
They said the Education department is planning to postpone the Onam examinations due to non-distribution of text books and uniforms to the students.
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