Thiruvananthapuram: Unruly scenes broke out at Thiruvananthapuram corporation Saturday, after councilors of the ruling LDF and the opposition BJP resorted to fist-fighting.
Opposition leader Girikumar and his supporters reportedly manhandled mayor V K Prasanth, who was on his way out after a council meeting. They even reportedly tore down his shirt.
LDF councilors then came to the rescue of the mayor who fell down in the melee. The mayor, who suffered injuries and complained of dizziness, was rushed to the medical college hospital.
Police personnel were rushed to the government building after the situation went out of hands.
The Left councilors then staged a sit-in outside the building.
Prasanth, who was critically injured in the clash, was shifted to the critical care unit of the hospital. He suffered injuries to head and leg. His leg is in cast.
Medical college superintendent said that Prasanth's condition was stable. Councilors Rasiya Begum, 50, and Sindhu, 46, and mayor's aide B Mohan were also injured and hospitalized.
Why the fist-fighting?
An altercation over the placing of high-mast light led to the full-blown fight.
The mayor had sent out a letter asking the MLAs and MPs to stop installing high-mast light in the city using their funds. The opposition leader wanted the mayor to withdraw his order and moved a motion against it. However, the mayor pointed out that the councilors cannot ask the mayor to withdraw his letter. As the mayor was leaving the building after the meeting, the opposition councilors cornered him.
However, the BJP said its councilors too suffered injuries in the incident.