New Delhi: After the NIA raids on several locations of Popular Front of India (PFI) across the country, many activists of the organization have started protests in different states. In the southern state of Kerala, incidents of stone pelting and attacks on vehicles, including KSRTC buses, by protesters were reported.
The PFI has called for a bandh in Kerala on Friday to protest the arrest of its members in the nationwide raid by the National Investigation Agency. The strike started at 6 am and will go on for 12 hours till 6 pm. Roads remained deserted in many other parts of the state this morning and some people took to the streets.
According to the police, incidents of stone pelting have been reported at various places in the state. Strike supporters today attacked two police officers at Pallimukku in Kollam district. Visuals showed protesters pelting stones at a Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus at Panamaram village in Wayanad district. The bus was on its way to Kozhikode.
KSRTC buses were also attacked in Kozhikode, Kochi, Alappuzha and Kollam. An autorickshaw and a car were seen in a damaged condition after the attack at Punthura in state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The PFI’s state committee issued a statement saying it considers the NIA’s arrest of PFI national and state leaders “unjustified” and “part of atrocities by the state”.
“A strike will be organized in the state on Friday, September 23, to protest against the RSS-controlled fascist government’s move to silence voices protesting against the use of central agencies,” the statement said.
Raids in 15 states
According to sources, a total of 106 Popular Front of India (PFI) cadres were arrested yesterday in a joint operation conducted by National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate and state police forces in 15 states at various places in the country.
The states where the raids were carried out are Andhra Pradesh (4 places), Telangana (1 place), Delhi (19 places), Kerala (11 places), Karnataka (8 places), Tamil Nadu (3 places), Uttar Pradesh (1 places) , Rajasthan (2 places), Hyderabad (5 places), Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur. PFI was launched in Kerala in 2006