Popular Front strike in Kerala today, agitators will be arrested if shops are forcibly closed
Thiruvananthapuram: The state-wide strike organized by the Popular Front of India (PFI) to protest the nationwide raids and arrests by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) began on Friday morning.
Isolated incidents of stone pelting have been reported from a few quarters in the state. Glasses of two KSRTC buses and two lorries were destroyed in Alappuzha. Stones were also pelted on two KSRTC buses in Kozhikode.
In Kattakada, Thiruvananthapuram, protesters stopped vehicles plying on the roads.
The state committee of the Morcha said in a release on Thursday that the strike would be from 6 am to 6 pm.
Kerala Police has said that action will be taken against those who try to close the shops by using force during the strike. Police said in a release that they would be arrested immediately.
State police chief Anil Kant has directed district chiefs to stop the gathering of strike supporters in public places and take preventive custody if required.
The Kerala Police Media Cell said the entire police force would be pressed into action to prevent any untoward incident during the 12-hour strike.
According to the PFI State Committee, the unjust apprehensions of the national and state leaders of the NIA’s party were part of state terrorism.
“Our strike is to protest the government’s pursuit of an RSS-controlled fascist government using central agencies to suppress voices of dissent,” the committee said.
bus service affected
Private bus services will not run in Kochi.
The KSRTC has announced that it will conduct all services on Friday when the Popular Front of India has called for a state-wide strike.
Kerala University, MG University and Kannur University have postponed all examinations scheduled for Friday in view of the strike.
Kerala University has also postponed Friday’s B.Ed spot allotment till September 25.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Public Service Commission has informed that its examination and service verification will take place on Friday as per the schedule.
A total of 106 PFI leaders were arrested on Thursday morning from 11 states including Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for allegedly supporting terrorist activities in the country.
The maximum number of arrests were made in Kerala (22), followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka (20 each), Andhra Pradesh (5), Assam (9), Delhi (3), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry (3), Tamil Nadu (10). ), Uttar Pradesh (8) and Rajasthan (2).
The NIA action was carried out in collaboration with the Enforcement Directorate (ED).