Thiruvananthapuram ∙ Widespread stone pelting on vehicles during the hartal called by the Popular Front in the state. Stones were thrown at vehicles in Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Wayanad. Stone pelted a KSRTC bus in Thiruvananthapuram East and the windows of the vehicle were broken. The hartal supporters stopped the vehicles at Kattakkada in Thiruvananthapuram. A KSRTC bus was pelted with stones at Pandalam in Pathanamthitta. The stone pelting was on the Pandalam-Peruman service. The eye of the driver P. Rajendran was injured. He was admitted to hospital. The windows of two KSRTC buses and two trucks were broken by stones at the Alappuzha roundabout. Three KSRTC buses were pelted with stones in Kozhikode town, Kallai and Cheruvannur. A truck was pelted with stones at Kallai in Kozhikode. A KSRTC driver was admitted to the Beach Hospital after the glass of the KSRTC bus broke and his eye was injured in stone pelting near Kozhikode Civil Station. Stones pulling vehicles in Aluva.
The hartal is between 6 am and 6 pm. The DGP ordered strict action to ensure law and order. It is suggested that those who close the shops should be booked and arrested. It is also suggested that the protesters should not gather in public places. Temporary detention was also ordered.
Range DIGs are responsible for security arrangements. CMD said that KSRTC services will run without interruption. The hartal was in protest against nationwide raids by the NIA and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday at popular front offices and residences of leaders and the arrest of leaders.
Kerala, MG, Kannur and Calicut universities have postponed the exams to be held on Friday in the wake of the Artal Popular Front. The revised date will be announced later. PSC and Cusat announced that the exams scheduled for Friday will not be postponed.
English Summary: Popular front harthal in Kerala Updates