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Secretariat march by Yuva Morcha turns violent

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

: The Secretariat march taken out by activists of the Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP, demanding a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the examinations conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission, turned violent on Tuesday.

As the activists tried to enter the Secretariat, police used water cannons and burst teargas shells to chase them away.

However, when they refused to disperse, lathis were used.

The march was inaugurated by state BJP president, P S Sreedharan Pillai.

This is the second consecutive day that the Secretariat complex has become a war zone.

On Monday, activists of the Youth Congress and Kerala Students Union (KSU) had taken out a march, protesting against the issues relating to the University College, which had also turned violent following which police used lathis and burst teargas shells to disperse them.

SFI college unit president and secretary R Sivaranjith and N Nazeem, the prime accused, respectively were among those arrested in connection with the stabbing incident on July 12.

Police had also seized seized answer sheets and a seal from the house of Sivaranjith.

The two were found ranked first and 28th in the Kerala Public Service commission rank-list for Civil Police officers.

In the wake of the various allegations against the commission, the PSC Chairman M K Sakeer, who had been summoned by Governor P Sathasivam, had met him Monday and clarified about the process followed in the examination.

He had also explained the review actions taken after the recent allegations.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Congress led UDF will organise a blockade of the Secretariat on July 25, demanding a judicial probe into the University College violence and a CBI probe into the alleged irreregularities in the PSC examinations.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 23 2019. 18:21 IST