Youth Congress march to secretariat turns violent, police use tear gas, grenades

Thiruvananthapuram: A protest march of the Youth Congress workers to the state secretariat demanding the resignation of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan turned violent.

The police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protestors. Following this, the police resorted to lathi-charge to stop marching protestors who tried to get past the barricades and hurled stones at the police.

Around 300 Youth Congress workers took part in the march. The state government had also deployed huge security measures to avoid violence. The police have also barricaded Palayalam and Pulimoodu areas.

The police used water cannons when some protestors tried to enter the secretariat through the north gate. The police were forced to use grenades after protestors refused to leave. A Youth Congress worker was injured as a result of a grenade explosion.

Youth Congress state president Shafi Parambil said that police retaliated brutally using force and injured many, including himself, without any provocation. He added that YC will continue the protest and is ready to get arrested.

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