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Arrest of Dalit sisters: Youth Cong march turns violent

Arrest of Dalit sisters: Youth Cong march turns violent

Thiruvananthapuram: Youth Congress activists Monday took out a march to the state Assembly here protesting against the controversial arrest of two Dalit sisters for allegedly attacking a CPI-M activist.

The activists led by state Youth Congress President Dean Kuriakose raised slogans against the CPI(M)-led LDF government for arresting the two women of Thalassery in Kannur district, one of whom attempted suicide.

the march, started from Museum premises at around 12 pm was blocked by the police with barricades near Chandrasekharan Nair stadium. The protesters, however, tried to jump over the barricades and some of them even pelted stones at the police.

Police chased them away using water cannons and tear gas shells.

The sisters--Akhila and Anjana--had been summoned to the police station on June 17 and a case registered against them for allegedly attacking a CPI-M worker and trespassing into the party office.

The two were released the next day after the National Commission for Scheduled Caste intervened.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had expressed concern over the arrest and promised all help from the party to the sisters, who had been released on bail.

The state commission for SC/ST has also registered a case.

Akhila's 18-month old daughter had also spent a night in jail with her mother.

Anjana had allegedly attempted suicide after her release and is presently undergoing treatment at the Indira Gandhi Hospital at Thalassery.

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