53 cases registered in PFI worker violence case, 127 activists detained Kerala Police registers 53 cases, 127 activists detained in connection with PFI activist violence
Digital Desk, Thiruvananthapuram. Enraged by the NIA raid, the Popular Front of India (PFI) created ruckus in the state and damaged 70 KSRTC buses. Apart from this, other properties and vehicles were also damaged.
In a joint operation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) early Thursday, PFI activists called for a bandh from morning till evening to protest the arrest of 19 fellow activists, including their leaders.
Things appeared to be changing after the Kerala High Court on Friday launched strong condemnation and suo motu proceedings against PFI leaders for illegally calling for a strike in the state.
A division bench of Justice AK Jaishankaran Nambiar and Justice Mohammad Nias demanded strict action against those violating the court’s order.
After this the Kerala Police swung into action and till evening 127 people were arrested, 53 cases were registered and 229 people were taken into preventive custody.
In Kannur, an RSS office was attacked. The police had detained a PFI worker carrying petrol bombs.
Similarly, there were several reports of PFI workers forcibly closing shops and physically assaulting those who protested.
The maximum impact of the bandh was seen in the Muslim stronghold areas of the state from morning till evening.
Educational institutions across the state also remained closed.
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