Letter row at TVM Corp: Mahila Morcha protest turns violent, police use water cannon

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The protest site | Photo: S Sreekesh, Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The police here on Wednesday used water cannons to disperse the Mahila Morcha activist after their protest demanding the resignation of the Thiruvananthapuram mayor Arya Rajendran turned violent at the corporation. BJP councillors also staged a protest inside the corporation when Mahila Morcha activists protested outside. The corporation has been witnessing protests after a letter allegedly written by the mayor seeking a list of CPM activists for the appointment in vacant posts in the corporation came out.

A conflict-like situation erupted when some activists climbed on the barricades.

The police had made arrangements to quell the protests if the situation escalates. The protestors demanding mayor Arya Rajendran’s resignation raised slogans against her and some tried to overturn the barricades by climbing over it. Following this, police resorted to the use of water cannons.

Thiruvananthapuram Corporation and premises have been witnessing protests ever since media reports on letter suggesting favouritism towards CPM workers emerged.

Last day protestors entered inside Corporation office. Amid the mounting protests, a few police officials escorted mayor Arya Rajendran to her office on Wednesday.

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