Kerala High Court brings suo motu action against PFI bandh in Kerala
Cochin: The Kerala High Court on Friday filed a suo motu action against the leaders of the Indian Popular Front (PFI) who called for a strike in the state against the arrest of its members by the National Investigation Agency.
Notably, as per an order of Kerala HC dated January 7, 2019, no one can call a bandh in the state without seven days’ notice. Hearing the case, the court ordered the police to ensure that “adequate measures are put in place to prevent any damage/destruction of public/private property of government/citizens who do not support the call for hartal”.
“Adequate police protection must also be given to all public utilities apprehending violence, from those who support illegal hartal,” the court added.
It comes after the dawn-to-dusk strike called by the PFI to protest the arrest of its members in nationwide raids by the National Investigation Agency on Thursday turned violent today with reports of stone throwing in various parts of the state.
The hartal (strike) started at 6am and will continue for 12 hours until 6pm.
Following the strike, stone throwing and attacks on vehicles, including KSRTC buses, by protesters were reported at various locations in the state.
In various other parts of the state, the roads were deserted this morning with few people on the roads.
According to police, rock-throwing incidents have been reported in various locations across the state.
Two police officers were attacked earlier in the day by hartal supporters at Pallimukku in Kollam district.
Visuals showed hartal supporters throwing rocks at Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus in Panamaram village in Wayanad district. The bus was going to Kozhikode.
KSRTC buses were also attacked in Kozhikode, Kochi, Alappuzha and Kollam.
In the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram, an autorickshaw and a car were seen in damaged condition after being attacked in Poonthura.
In a statement, the PFI state committee said it viewed the NIA’s arrest of national and state PFI leaders as “unfair” and “part of the atrocities committed by the state.”
“A hartal will be held in the state on September 23, Friday) against the decision of the fascist RSS-controlled government to use central agencies to silence dissenting voices,” he said.
The PFI also called on “believing democrats” to carry out the strike against the “fascist regime which crushes civil rights”.
According to police, rock-throwing incidents are being reported in various locations across the state.
Earlier Thursday, the PFI, while condemning the NIA and Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) raids on its leaders, said it “will never surrender” and alleged that the claims of the agency were intended to “create an atmosphere of terror”.
A total of 106 cadres of the People’s Front of India (PFI) were arrested yesterday in a joint operation by the National Investigation Agency, Directorate of Law Enforcement and State Police Force in 15 States in the multiple localities of the country. (ANI)