Onam Revelry: Kerala University Students Turn Brash, Block Traffic
Some of the students carried flags of Student Federation of India and didn’t even spare ambulances.
A large group of students from Kerala University on Thursday blocked traffic on Thiruvananthapuram MG Road for almost two hours causing inconvenience to the commuters.
Students, including those from the Student Federation of India (SFI), were seen celebrating Onam on the city roads. SFI students joined the celebration despite Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s diktat restricting Onam celebrations during work hours in government offices.
While making the controversial announcement, the Chief Minister had said such celebrations should not cause disturbance to the public. But that was exactly what happened in Thiruvananthapuram.
An ambulance going to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College also got stuck in the traffic. The students did not relent even after police requested.
The university students, without any prior notice, started a procession on the highway in front of the university.
Reportedly, some of the students carried flags of the Student Federation of India (SFI) during the beginning of the procession, and later hundreds of students rushed on to the roads along with band sets.
Traffic was blocked for almost three kilometres.
Police said that the students had not taken permission for the celebration, and a case has been registered against more than 1,000 students.
On Wednesday, the University Registrar had released a circular restricting students and teachers’ Onam celebrations during work hours, in accordance with the government diktat.
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