CPM, BJP councillors clash in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation meet; Mayor sustains head injury

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Summary: Unruly scenes unfolded at the Thiruvananthapuram city Corporation council meeting on Saturday following protest by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillors against Mayor V.K. Taking offence, BJP councillors raised slogans in protest against the move. They even reportedly tore down his shirt. The scuffle happened during a special meeting to commemorate the second anniversary of the council.

Police have filed a case against BJP councillors and workers on charges of attempting to murder Mayor V K Prash.

The mayor sustained injuries on his chest and legs and was admitted to the medical college hospital.

The Left councilors then staged a sit-in outside the building.

Opposition leader Girikumar and his supporters reportedly manhandled the mayor, while was on his way out after the meeting. The mayor was later admitted to the hospital on feeling uneasy.

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The mayor had reportedly written to MPs and MLAs seeking to defer temporarily release of funds for installing the high-mast lights.

The BJP had presented a resolution demanding installation of high-mast lights in more areas under the corporation. However, the mayor pointed out that the councilors can not ask the mayor to withdraw his letter.

Prasanth falls down during the clash.

Mathrubhumi further reported that the CPM alleged that BJP activists from outside, too, indulged in violence.

Prasanth being helped to walk after suffering injuries.

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