Procession in Trivandrum.
Trivandrum, August 26-Trivandrum,
the capital of Kerala, today witnessed the biggest-ever
demonstration when thousands of volunteers from all
over the State paraded through the streets of the city
to voice their protest against the Communist Government’s
Spearheaded by about 3000 blue-uniformed “Christophers”
(bearers of Christ) the procession marched through the
three mile route and converged at a public meeting at
which resolutions were passed demanding the withdrawal
of the Bill and urging upon the Government of India
to take “strong and effective steps to prevent
the deterioration of law and order situation”
in the State.
In front and in the rear of the procession went groups
of supporters of the Education Bill shouting pro-Bill
slogans. A strong police force accompanying the procession
stood in between the two rival groups separating them
to avoid any possible clash.
According to police sources, there were stray stone
throwing at the procession and at the meeting and a
case of assault. The police have arrested five persons
in this connection.
Today’s demonstration in the capital climaxed
state-wide protest meetings during the last few days
against the Bill. The announcement of this demonstration
itself had come after a huge protest meeting held last
week at Palai, a predominantly Christian town in Central
The demonstration was organised in Trivandrum by the
Education Bill Protest Demonstration Committee which
consisted of Congressmen, members of the Praja Socialist
Party and Muslim League. The organisers claimed that
over 50,000 people took part in the procession, which
took about one hour to pass the Government Secretariat
gates, from where Pressmen watched the demonstration.
Shouting slogans like “Withdraw Education Bill”
and “End Lawlessness”, the processionists
marched along the main streets which were lined by a
large number of people.
Elaborate police precautions have been taken in the
city. Police pickets have been posted at all vantage
points in the city and streets were lined by policemen.
The Secretariat and the surroundings are also being
guarded by the police. Wireless fitted police vans are
patrolling the streets.
Sri.P.T.Chacko, leader of the Congress Opposition and
some other Congress members of the Assembly were walking
in front of the procession while Sri. Kumbalath Sanku
Pillai, a former President of the Travancore-Cochin
Pradesh Congress who has now joined the PSP was in a
jeep following them.
At the end of its three mile march, the procession converged
at a public meeting at Pazhavangadi Maidan at about
(Press Trust of India.)