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Women outfits march to Assembly demanding Kurien’s resignation

Women outfits march to Assembly demanding Kurien’s resignation

Thiruvananthapuram: Amid calls for a fresh probe against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien in the Suryanelli gangrape case has been growing in the State, Left leaning women outfits Wednesday took out a protest march to the Assembly building demanding his resignation from the post.

The move of the women activists, led by All-India Democratic Women's Federation, of entering the Assembly premises gave a tough time to the police as the march was without any prior notice and there were only three women police staff on duty at that time.

The police and the Watch and Ward personnel were seen trying to block the protesters who tried to force themselves into the Assembly building.

Though more women police personnel were brought in, the protesters, led by state leaders T N Seema MP, P K Sreemathi Teacher, and K K Shylaja, refused to disperse and staged a sit-in in front of the Assembly shouting slogans.

The police had to arrest some of the activists later to clear the way out.

The opposition had forced the assembly to adjourn on Monday after the government rejected its demand to re-investigate the 17-year-old case to determine whether Kurien is linked to one of the state's most depraved cases of rape where a teenager was allegedly raped by 42 men in 40 days in 1996.

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