Student death: BJYM's protest at Kerala CM's house turns violent

By PTI Published on Jul 21, 2018 02:20 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: BJP youth wing's protest march to the Chief Minister's house over the killing of a college student in Kochi turned violent here today, leaving six people injured in police lathicharge, police said.

Police lathicharged and hurled stun grenades as the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists tried to cross barricades placed in front of Cliff House, Chief Minister's Pinarayi Vijayan's official residence here, they said.

Water canon was also used to disperse the protestors who gathered in large numbers, demanding an NIA probe into the recent killing of the student.

BJYM state president Prakash Babu and five other protestors were injured in police lathicharge and were rushed to a nearby hospital. The party workers, however, alleged police canned them and hurled the stun grenades without any provocation, adding that city police commissioner P Prakash assured them of an investigation into the lathicharge.

Abhimanyu, a leader of CPI(M)'s students wing SFI, was stabbed to death and two others had suffered grievous injuries in an attack by a group of people inside a government college in Kochi on July 1.

BJP and BJYM alleged that the activists of SDPI, the political offshoot of Popular Front of India (PFI), were behind the attack.

BJP state general secretary M T Ramesh urged the state government to hand over the investigation to NIA and invoke Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) provisions against the accused in the case.