PFI’s Kerala bandh tuns violent: Protestors pelt stones at buses, vehicles; 2 policemen injured in Kollam

23 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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The dawn-to-dusk hartal of the Popular Front of India began on Friday, one day after its leaders were detained in a widespread nationwide search.

The dawn-to-dusk hartal of the Popular Front of India began on Friday, one day after its leaders were detained in a widespread nationwide search. Throughout the state, reports of stone-throwing and attacks on cars, including KSRTC buses, by demonstrators, have been made.

The PFI has called for a shutdown in Kerala in response to the National Investigation Agency’s arrest of several of its members yesterday during statewide operations. The strike, or hartal, began at 6 am and will last for 12 hours until 6 pm.

The highways were desolate and sparsely populated in many other regions of the state this morning.

Stone-throwing events have reportedly occurred across the state, according to the police.

At Pallimukku in the Kollam district earlier today, two police personnel were assaulted by hartal sympathizers.

In Panamaram village in the Wayanad district, footage shows hartal supporters throwing stones at a bus operated by the Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSRTC). The bus’ destination was Kozhikode.

Additionally, Kozhikode, Kochi, Alappuzha, and Kollam saw attacks on KSRTC buses.

An autorickshaw and a vehicle were discovered in a damaged state in Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital, after being assaulted at Poonthura.