Solar panel scam: Chandy cancels all engagements as protests erupt across Kerala

The police had to use teargas shells and grenades in the state capital to disburse the agitators. The march to the Collectorate in Kozhikode also turned violent.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: January 30, 2016 1:43:21 am
kerala, solar scam, oommen chandy, kerala cm, kerala cm news, chandy news, kerala protests, protests in kerala, kerala news, india news A policeman disperses protesters during an agitation against Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Amid growing demand for his resignation from the Left and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday cancelled all his functions, including the global education summit in the state capital and national school games in Kozhikode.

Meanwhile, rallies taken out by DYFI, the youth wing of CPM, and SFI workers demanding Chandy’s resignation turned violent in several parts of the state.

The police had to use teargas shells and grenades in the state capital to disburse the agitators. The march to the Collectorate in Kozhikode also turned violent.

SFI and DYFI workers also marched to the government guesthouse in Kochi where Power Minister Aryadan Muhammed was lodged.

The main road in front of the state secretariat virtually turned into a battlefield with many media persons covering the incident also getting injured in the melee.

Protests erupted across the state soon after Nair, prime accused in the solar scam, while deposing before the Justice Sivarajan Commission, alleged that she had paid bribes to the tune of Rs 1.9 crore to a close aide of the Chief Minister and Rs 40 lakh to the power minister. Both Chandy and Arayadan Mohammed have denied the allegations.

With PTI inputs

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