Thiruvananthapuram, 23 September: Popular Front of India (PFI) workers took to the streets on Friday. They protested at many places. The Kerala High Court took suo motu cognizance of the radical outfit after sporadic incidents of violence were reported from across the state. State buses were vandalized and police attacked during the strike called by the PFI on Friday.
Several people have been arrested by the police after stone-pelting at the RSS office in Mattanur Kannur. ADGP V Sakhare said that the situation is under control. We made elaborate security arrangements after the PFI announced a ‘strike’, more than 45000 police personnel have been deployed across the state. Police were instructed that strict action would be taken against anyone who tries to forcibly close shops, pelt stones or obstruct vehicular movement.
The police officer said that, today only the protesters who tried to block the roads and vehicular movement were arrested and cases were registered in the rest, we will investigate and identify them.
The protests came a day after the central investigative agencies launched a massive operation. The raids on the PFI network across the country have led to over 100 arrests. In view of the protests in Kerala, a Karnataka minister said that the state has started the process of banning the radical organisation.
On Friday, police lathi-charged protesters who gathered in large numbers in Erattupeta town of Kottayam district to stop vehicles, shut down shops and threatened people traveling in private vehicles. Sources said that as a precautionary measure, several PFI activists have been reported to be detained at local police stations.
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Stones were pelted on Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses in various districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Alappuzha. Several buses were badly damaged. His glasses were broken and the seat was damaged. However, Transport Minister Antony Raju said the service would not be stopped in view of the widespread attacks against KSRTC buses. Police will definitely take action against those involved in violence and destruction.
Kerala High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of PFI’s bandh. The Kerala High Court took cognizance of the PFI leaders. Asked for strict action against PFI attacks. The High Court said that no one can call a bandh in the state without permission.
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Story first published: Friday, September 23, 2022, 23:22 [IST]