Visuals from Kottayam after PFI called for a one-day kerala band
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The organization has called for a Kerala bandh today in protest against the nationwide raids and arrests against the Popular Front of India (PFI). During the bandh, there are reports of sabotage and ruckus in many cities of Kerala. Police have been attacked in Kollam. At the same time, there are reports of vandalism in the BJP office in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
People supporting the bandh in Kottayam damaged an auto rickshaw and a car by pelting them with stones. The activists are fiercely opposing the NIA raids and the arrest of PFI leaders. A Kerala State Transport Corporation bus was vandalized by militants at Companypady near Aluva. PFI state general secretary A Abdul Sattar had said in a statement on Thursday that the strike would be held from 6 am to 6 pm.
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala | One auto-rickshaw and a car were damaged allegedly by people supporting the state-wise bandh called today by the Popular Front of India over NIA raids pic.twitter.com/k305OP83jW
— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2022
Bike riders attacked policemen
During the Kerala bandh, two bike-borne PFI supporters attacked two policemen at Pallimukku in Kollam district. The NIA and other central investigative agencies had yesterday raided the offices of PFI and the premises attached to its chiefs across the country. During this, more than 100 leaders and activists are reported to have been arrested.
Police have tightened security in the state in view of the Kerala bandh. Instructions have been issued to the district police chiefs to maintain law and order. In a statement issued by the police, it has been said that strict action will be taken against those who break the law. Meanwhile, the government bus service KSRTC has said that it will continue to operate the buses. The Transport Corporation said that if needed, special services will be operated to reach hospitals, airports and railway stations. The Transport Corporation said that if necessary, police protection would also be sought.
Kerala | Visuals from Kottayam after Popular Front of India (PFI) called for a one-day state-wide strike today over NIA raids and the arrest of some of its leaders. pic.twitter.com/QVwAj4KskP
— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2022
BJP’s Kerala unit president K Surendran alleged that during all the strikes called by the PFI in the past, there was nuisance and violence. The state government should ensure adequate protection of life and property of the people. PFI is trying to avoid terrorism cases through muscle power. Despite the Kerala High Court’s strong stand against the futile strike, the Left government in the state is taking a softer approach towards the PFI for the sake of vote bank.
BJP office attacked in Coimbatore, petrol bomb hurled
The BJP office in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu has been attacked. Here a case of unidentified person throwing a bottle full of flammable material at the BJP office has come to light. After the incident, angry BJP workers demonstrated fiercely, after which the police reached the spot and took charge. BJP workers are seeing this attack by linking it with the raid against PFI a day earlier. Activist Nandakumar said, “Petrol bomb has been hurled at our office. That’s how terrorist attacks happen. Raids were conducted against PFI today itself.
Raids were conducted in 15 states
The NIA on Thursday raided PFI at 93 places in 15 states. Kerala-39, Tamil Nadu-16, Karnataka-12, Andhra Pradesh-7, Telangana-1, Uttar Pradesh-2, Rajasthan-4, Delhi-2, Assam-1, Madhya Pradesh-1, Maharashtra-4, Goa-1 , West Bengal-1, Bihar-1 and Manipur 1 place was raided. According to sources, around 300 NIA officers were involved in the search operation. The NIA DG supervised the operation. A total of 46 accused were convicted in PFI cases before 2010-11 and chargesheets have already been filed against 355 accused in cases against PFI. The highest number of 22 PFI activists were arrested in Kerala. Among them is OMA Salam, the president of the organization.