Kottayam: The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Cherama Sambava Development Society (CSDS) disrupted normal life in Kottayam district Tuesday.

Scattered incidents of violence were reported in the morning from various places in the district.

Early morning commuters were inconvenienced as protesters blocked roads in various places in Kottayam town. Reports said that protesters hurled stones at KSRTC buses. Protesters broke the windshields of some buses, causing disruption in services.

Police personnel watch as protesters holds a march in Kottayam town on Tuesday.

The hartal was called by the umbrella organization for dalits, which has a strong presence in the district, in protest of the atrocities by the ruling CPM and its students wing, SFI. The trigger was the alleged attack on Vivek Kumaran, a dalit M Phil student of Mahatma Gandhi University, by four SFI activists last week.

Police personnel watch as protesters hold a march in Kottayam town on Tuesday. Photo: Amrutha Menon
Protesters blocking roads in Kottayam on Tuesday. Photo – Rijo Joseph

Protest marches were taken out at Changanassery, Pala, Kanjirapally, Pampady, Vazhoor, Vaikom, and other places. The BSP also supported the hartal.