The incident took place at Bakery Junction when the Youth Congress workers were waving black flags at the CM’s convoy.

Four protesting Congress workers hit and injured by Kerala CMs convoyImages: Sreekesh R Nair
news Sabarimala Thursday, January 03, 2019 - 17:54

As the protests were boiling over across Kerala over Sabarimala women’s entry issue, four Youth Congress cadre were hit and injured by the pilot vehicle of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s convoy in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. The incident took place when the CM was returning home from office during lunch hour on Thursday, the Congress said.

The incident took place at Bakery Junction in the state capital. Congress legislator M Vincent told IANS that the four party workers were injured in two separate incidents. According to visuals, some Congress activists were waving flags when one of them was hit by the speeding pilot vehicle of the convoy, which Vincent insists was "a deliberate attempt" that injured two workers. 

“Later, another 200 metres from the first site, the pilot vehicle knocked down two of our workers who were on a two-wheeler,” said Vincent.

Rajeev, Vipin, Muneer and Krishnakumar are the four injured Congress workers.

Congress legislator KS Sabarinadhan told IANS that two of them had been taken to the Medical College Hospital and two were being treated at the General Hospital.

“Our workers have suffered bruises and injuries on the shoulder, hands and legs,” he said.

The Congress is observing Thursday as a black day to protest the manner in which the government facilitated two women to offer prayers at the Sabarimala temple on Wednesday early morning.

Congress leader K Muraleedharan told the media, “The police vehicle intentionally hit the worker in front of the CM’s eyes. If this is the way forward, the CM will not be able to walk on the streets; and the MLAs will lend support for this.”

Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala visited the injured party workers at the hospitals. Taking to Facebook, he wrote, “There will be strict action against the police. The Congress workers, who were protesting democratically, were treated in an inhumane manner. I inspected the visuals and saw that they toppled the vehicle, hit and injured them.”

He even referred the CPM as the party that attacked former Chef Minister Oommen Chandy. Ramesh Chennithala was referring to the 2013 incident meet where Oommen Chandy was injured when CPI (M) workers pelted stones at his cavalcade, breaking the windows of his vehicle. The window glass shards injured his head.

(With inputs from IANS)

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