breaking news Police detain Pfi workers for vandalizing stores and vehicles

By STI (Update)


Stones were thrown at Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses in various districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Alappuzha.

Sporadic incidents of violence have been reported in various parts of Kerala as the dawn to dusk hartal called by the People’s Front of India (PFI) is underway in the southern state on Friday. The hartal was called by the PFI to protest the raids on the offices and residences of its leaders and their subsequent arrests on Thursday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other agencies for allegedly supporting terrorist activities in the country.

Stones were thrown at Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses in various districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Alappuzha. Local media reported that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a vehicle carrying newspapers for distribution at Narayanpara in Kannur in the morning.

Meanwhile, Kerala Police have been beefing up security in the state and instructing district police chiefs to ensure law and order after the PFI called for a one-day hartal at the statewide. A statement released by the police says that tough action will be taken against those who break the law.

Here are the latest updates from the event:

#Udupi town police have accused 11 Indian Popular Front (PFI) activists of staging a roadblock as part of their protest against the raids on the offices of the outfit by the NIA. The PFI had not obtained prior permission for the protest and they were accused of disrupting normal life with the roadblock, police sources said.

#On Friday, Nationalist Congress Party leader and former Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said the NIA action against the PFI across Maharashtra a day earlier came as the Ministry of the Interior of the Union may have had contributions.

#The West Bengal chairman of the Indian Popular Front has been arrested by Assam police from Delhi and brought here to be presented in court, police said on Friday. PFI leader Minarul Sheikh was arrested in the national capital at 12:30 a.m. Thursday night and taken to Guwahati. He was retained in a Special Operations Unit (SOU) case under various sections of the IPC relating to sedition, criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity and assault to deter an official from discharge his duties.

#RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Friday called the NIA’s crackdown on the PFI “appropriate” and opposed the incidents of violence at a hartal called by the Islamic group in Kerala, saying that the Sangh had also been banned in the past, but it never took the path of violence to resist.

# Another PFI leader from West Bengal was arrested in Delhi. So far, police have arrested 11 PFI leaders, says Hiren Nath, ADGP (Special Branch), Assam Police.

# A Molotov cocktail was thrown by two people at the RSS office in Mattannur; police investigation underway.

# Police are detaining five PFI employees for allegedly vandalizing shops and vehicles during the protest in Kochi.

# Kerala High Court brings suo motu action against PFI leaders for convening a one-day bandh across the state of Kerala. As per an ordinance of Kerala HC, no one can call a bandh in the state without permission.

The Court states that the police must ensure that adequate measures are put in place to prevent any damage/destruction to public/private property of the government and citizens who do not support the strike call.

# A KSRTC bus was reportedly vandalized by people supporting the one day bandh called by PFI today, in Companypadi near Aluva.

# An auto rickshaw and a car were reportedly damaged by people supporting the state group called today by the PFI over the NIA raids.

# PFI State Chairman CP Mohammed Basheer, National Chairman OMA Salam, National Secretary Nasaruddin Elamaram, Former President E Abubacker and others were among those arrested.


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