Capital turns war zone as LDF drags solar heat into streets

Dawn-to-dusk hartal called today; VS, C Divakaran hospitalised as teargas explodes near them.

Published: 10th July 2013 12:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th July 2013 12:50 PM   |  A+A-

The  Capital city on  Tuesday  became a war zone following the agitation of the LDF and Left youth organisations seeking  the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and  Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan for  their alleged involvement  in the solar scam.

Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan and CPI Legislature Party leader C Divakaran were hospitalised when they felt uneasiness and suffocation after a teargas shell exploded  near them when they led the LDF leaders’ march to the Secretariat at 12.30 pm.

LDF leaders and MLAs,  who came out in  a march from the Assembly following the adjournment of the Assembly sine die, marched to the Secretariat. When the leaders addressed the march, police threw grenades and teargas shells to disperse the crowd. A large number of LDF workers and policemen were also injured.

In protest against the incidents, the LDF  has called for a statewide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Wednesday.

The violence unleashed by the police and agitating LDF men in the one-km stretch  from Martyr’s Column to the Secretariat converted the  area into a war zone. Traffic came to a grinding halt causing severe hardship to the commuters. Vehicular traffic was diverted from Palayam and Overbridge areas.

The violence started  with the Assembly  march of the LDF activists at 11 am. Police  fired teargas  shells and grenades to disperse the crowd.  Following this, violence spread to Palayam and Statue areas.

The youth activists  tried to jump over the barricades forcing  police to lathicharge.

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