Kannur | Fifty eight persons, including several police personnel and students, were injured when a march taken out by the activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) to the District Collectorate here turned violent today.
The injured included a Dy SP, a circle inspector and a sub inspector of police, 37 students and two press photographers. According to police, about 1,000 SFI activists, including girls, took out a march to Collectorate around 1145 hrs, as part of observing protest day against the attack by Police men on SFI activists at Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Palakkad, when they organised a protest march against the delay of distribution of text books to school students, yesterday.
The Collectorate and near-by areas turned into a battle ground after the SFI activists pelted stones to the police , forcing them to use lathi-charge, tear-gas and water-canons to disperse the agitators.
In the clash that followed, Narcotic Dy SP V N Viswanathan, Town Circle inspector M P Azad, town sub inspector Sanal Kumar and 16 civil police officers and SFI State vice-president Muhammed Afsal and 36 others, apart from two press photographers, C K Sunilkumar (Mathrubhumi) and Shammy Vattakulam (Suprabatham) sustained injuries.
As many as 16 police men were admitted at District hospital , while 20 SFI activists were undergoing treatment in a private hospital here.
SFI activists damaged the hoardings of Digital India Week, displayed before the Collectorate main gate and also damaged some motorbikes parked outside the Collectorate Compund. The situation was under control since 1215 hrs, police added.
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