New Delhi: Incidents of violence have been reported at isolated places in the state amid a day-long strike by Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) in Kerala on Friday. Two policemen have also been injured in Kollam in stone pelting by protesters.
In view of the state-wide strike by the PFI on Friday to protest the raids by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other agencies on the offices of Popular Front of India (PFI) and the premises of its chiefs across the country Security has been tightened.
Instructions have been issued to the district police chiefs to maintain law and order. According to the statement issued by the police, strict action will be taken against those who break the law. According to the police, incidents of stone pelting have taken place at many places.
Let us inform that this strike is going on from 6 am and will go on for 12 hours till 6 pm. Roads remained deserted since morning in many parts of the state due to the strike.
Stones were pelted on Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses in various districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Alappuzha. According to local media reports, a petrol bomb was hurled at a vehicle which was going to distribute newspapers at Narayanpara in Kannur.
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KSRTC buses, tanker lorries and some other vehicles were reported damaged in stone pelting by people supporting the strike in Allappuzha. A 15-year-old girl and an auto rickshaw driver were injured in Kozhikode and Kannur allegedly by PFI activists in stone pelting, respectively.
However, the Kerala Police has beefed up security in the state following the PFI’s call for a state-wide strike and issued instructions to the district police chiefs to ensure law and order.
According to a statement issued by the police, ‘Strict action will be taken against those who violate the law. All policemen will be deployed to maintain law and order in the state.
The PFI on Thursday said it would go on strike across the state on Friday to protest against the “attempts by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-controlled fascist government to silence the opponents by misusing central agencies”.
PFI state general secretary A Abdul Sattar had issued a statement saying that the strike would be held from 6 am to 6 pm.
Earlier, PFI activists had taken out a march on the places where the raids were conducted on Thursday. He also raised slogans against the central government and its investigative agencies. However, central forces were already deployed at all such places with the intention of strengthening the security arrangements.
Several agencies led by the NIA arrested 106 PFI office-bearers in simultaneous raids at 93 places in 15 states on Thursday for supporting terrorist activities in the country.
Officials had said that Kerala, where the PFI has some strongholds, had the highest number of arrests at 22. Those arrested include PFI’s Kerala unit president CP Mohammed Basheer, national president OMA Salam, national secretary Nasruddin Elmaram, former president E Abubakar and others.
Significantly, PFI was launched in Kerala in 2006.
(with inputs from news agency language)
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