Indian newspapers report on protests as the government steps up crackdown

INDIAN PAPERS REPORT ON PROTESTS AS THE GOVERNMENT SEES “CONFLICT OF INTEREST” IN THE STATE OF INDIA: The Indian Express reported that police have detained at least three people for “inciting unrest” in several towns and cities in the western state of Kerala, where an anti-corruption campaign was launched earlier this month.

The newspaper also said that police were raiding homes and businesses to try to disrupt the protests.

The protests have prompted a nationwide wave of protests, and police have resorted to violence in some cases, including the arrest of people for allegedly setting fire to a police vehicle. 

The Indian Express quoted a statement by a local police officer saying the protesters are trying to “make mischief” in the state capital, Palakkad, and were “encouraging other people to burn cars and businesses.”

The paper added that the authorities have also deployed “peace officers” in “filthy” areas in order to prevent people from “spreading communal hatred.”

“In spite of the fact that the state government has promised to keep order in the region, there is an increasing feeling of tension and tension is spilling over,” said a police officer in the town of Gadda.

“This situation will continue to escalate and will be worsened by the government’s actions.” 

The report also said protests have erupted in several cities in Kerala, including Palakksad, Kannur, Tirunelveli, Palanampet, Tirupati, Kollam, Mysore and Kancheepuram.

The paper reported that the police have arrested people for alleged involvement in a mob killing of a local shopkeeper in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The authorities have blamed a “mob of agitators” for the killing of the man, who was allegedly beaten to death.

In the western coastal town of Kannapuram, police have reportedly detained more than 60 people for participating in the protests, including members of the Communist Party of India, the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) and the Communist Workers Party. 

Indias most populous state, with a population of 2.5 billion, is part of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which borders Pakistan. 

According to the Indian Express, the protest movement has grown in number over the past two weeks, with many people saying they have been harassed, assaulted and intimidated by the police.

Police have reportedly used “extreme force” in a number of cases.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to take action against those responsible for the protests and has urged the protesters to “come out and peacefully demonstrate” against the “violence” of the government.

Earlier this month, a mob of about 3,000 people gathered in Kollambuda, one of the most densely populated towns in the Indian state, in the midst of the protest wave.

According to local reports, at least one person died in the clashes and at least two police officers have been injured.

The Indian government has warned the protesters not to attack the police and has said that the protesters will face violence if they continue to block roads. 

Demonstrations have been ongoing in Kannada for a month, with at least 10 deaths reported in clashes between protesters and security forces.