Ashokans were demonstrating to demand investigation details into alleged suicide of son Jishnu Pranoy.
The parents of Jishnu Pronoy, who committed suicide on his college campus in January, were dragged along the ground by cops in Thiruvananthapuram for attempting a protest and indefinite fast. In the chaos at the police headquarters, which included conflicting report on whether they had been arrested, Jishnu Pronoy's mother, Mahija, was injured. Different youth organisations held protests outside the hospital where she was admitted.
"This incident should not have happened... There will be an enquiry and I cannot comment without getting a report," said Loknath Behra, the city's top cop who visited Jishnu Pranoy's mother in the hospital.
The parents were reportedly told they could meet the senior-most cop today.
Mahija and PK Ashokan were demonstrating at the police office to demand details of the investigation into the alleged suicide of their son at his college in January this year.
Jishnu Pranoy, an 18-year-old engineering student in in Thrissur, was found hanging in his hostel, 280 km from the state capital. His friends and parents blamed repeated harassment by college authorities because he was critical of exam dates being frequently changed. College officials say the student had been caught cheating.
Jishnu Pranoy's mother fell and had to be hospitalised, triggering protests.
The police has filed a case against five college officials, accusing them of aiding the student's suicide. One of the officials was arrested and then released on bail yesterday. Jishnu Pranoy's family points to this as an example of an unjust and lopsided investigation.
Opposition leaders have denounced the police and the Left coalition that governs the state for today's violence.