Wayanad: A group of SFI activists allegedly vandalised the office of MP Rahul Gandhi at Kalpetta here on Friday. According to reports, the SFI activists vandalised the office after a protest march to the MP’s office turned violent.
SFI led a march to the MP’s office as protesting against Rahul Gandhi’s negligence to intervene in the Supreme Court order on the eco-sensitive zone.
Police said the protest march contained around 100 Students' Federation of India (SFI) activists and they barged into the office.
"There were around 80-100 activists. As of now, eight of them are under custody. More police have been deployed," police told PTI.
The student organisation protested alleging that Gandhi failed to intervene in the issue of creating buffer zones around forests in the hilly areas of Kerala.
Television channels aired visuals of a group of protestors creating ruckus inside the MP's office.
Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan sharply reacted to the incident and said the attack showed lawlessness and "goondaism".
"Ghastly attack by SFI goons at Rahul Gandhi's MP Office at Wayanad. It is lawlessness and goondaism. CPM has turned into an organised mafia. Strongly Condemning the attack," the Congress leader tweeted.
When the march turned violent, the protesters barged into the MP’s office and vandalised the furniture inside it. Only some employees were present in the office during the time of the incident.
Following this, the shutters of the officer were closed and police rushed to the spot.
A dispute broke out between the SFI leaders and the police personnel on the National Highway. SFI activists including women staged a sit-in protest on the road.
The left front has been questioning Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi’s negligence to influence the centre over the SC order on the eco-sensitive zone.
(with inputs from PTI)