Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)], today attacked the convoy of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in Kannur. The accident happened on Tuesday morning when the convoy reached Kannur city.
According to eyewitnesses, DYFI activists tried to stop the Karnataka chief minister’s car and show black flags. The protesters then turned rioters and attacked the car. However, nobody was hurt in the attack.
Eyewitnesses said that the goons were seen attacking the chief minister’s car with sticks. Although his car has not been damaged. The DYFI has been protesting against the amended citizenship law for many days. On Friday, activists blocked the national highway in Thiruvananthapuram and also trains from the neighbouring state of Karnataka. A bus from Karnataka was stopped by activists in Nilambur to demand the release of detained journalists after the protests.
The DYFI had also shown black flags on Tuesday to Union Minister V Muraleedharan and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa amid protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Kerala. Many Muslim organisations, supported by the communists, marched to Raj Bhavan.
SFI activists showed black flags to Muraleedharan during a function at the town hall in Kozhikode.
The police, however, arrested the protesters immediately and drove them out of the hall. The activists continued to raise slogans against the CAA and BJP-led union government. The minister later told reporters that the Centre had no intention of implementing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in any state other than Assam.
Muraleedharan said, “The Centre is implementing NRC only in Assam as per a Supreme Court order. There has been no discussion on its implementation in other parts of the country.”
When questioned on the police action, including firing on the rioters, the minister said this was common during incidents of violence.
Earlier in the day, three Youth Congress workers showed black flags to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa at Thiruvananthapuram Airport. He was here to catch a plane to Kannur. He arrived here on Monday evening to worship at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Activists standing near the parking lot showed black flags and shouted slogans while passing through Yediyurappa’s convoy and then attacked his car with sticks. Police said that these three activists had been arrested.
The Karnataka chief minister was also shown black flags at two places in Kannur. Hundreds of people marched to Raj Bhavan under the banner of the Muslim Coordination Committee. They held placards in their hands, on which it was written, “Save secularism, not CAA, not NRC.”
The protesters included children who sat on the road and started shouting slogans against the central government and Governor Arif Mohammad Khan. The governor supports the law.
Youth League activists laid siege to post offices at several places including Kasaragod and Kannur. Their march and picket towards the post office headquarters in Kozhikode had turned violent on Monday.