Stone thrown at Kerala minister during TV debate

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Kollam (Kerala), April 28 (IANS) Kerala’s Labour Minister Shibhu Baby John was injured on Thursday while taking part in an election debate on a TV channel when a group of people turned violent and pelted stones.

John, who was admitted to a hospital here, told IANS that the discussion on the TV channel had begun and all the three main candidates were there.

“After about 15 minutes, while I was replying to questions from the audience, a commotion broke out and in the melee, I was injured on my right forehand when a stone was thrown on me. There is a wound,” said John.

John, an engineer by profession who represents the Revolutionary Socialist Party, is contesting from Chavara assembly constituency, from where he has won twice in the past.

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It was earlier represented by his father, late Baby John, a trade union leader and a minister.

–IANS

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