The shutdown will not impact essential services [details]

The shutdown will not impact essential services [details]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kerala BJP leader K Surendran says all previous PFI hartals caused riots
  • Further, he urged Kerala authorities to provide adequate security on Friday
  • Surendran claimed that the PFI relies on muscle power to deal with terrorism cases and asked its leaders to remember that India is a democracy and not a religious nation.
Thiruvananthapuram: The People’s Front of India (PFI) will observe a dawn to dusk hartal in Kerala on Friday to register its strong protest against the raids carried out by several agencies led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the organization’s offices, homes of its leaders and other locals for allegedly supporting terrorist activities in the country.

Protests against the raids were staged by PFI activists across Kerala on Thursday.

In a statement, the PFI said its state committee observed that the arrest of its leaders was part of “state-sponsored terrorism”.

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“A hartal will be observed in the state on September 23 against the attempt of the fascist RSS-controlled government to silence dissenting voices using central agencies,” A Abdul Sathar, State Secretary General, PFI said on Thursday. .

According to the press release, the hartal will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the shutdown, basic and essential services will not be affected, the news agency reported. IANS.

PFI workers took part in marches to the locations where the raids were carried out in the early hours of Thursday and shouted slogans against the Center and its investigative agencies.

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In all of these places, however, central forces were already in place to reinforce security.

Press Agency PTI mentioned PFI sources saying that protest marches were held in almost all districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam and Thrissur.

“The searches were mainly carried out in the offices of the State and District Committees and in the homes of its officials. Although initially we believed that the searches were carried out by the Law Enforcement Branch, it later became clear it was by the NIA,” the source said. PTI.

The source added that the central agencies arrested 14 PFI bureau members including PFI State Chairman, CP Mohammed Basheer, National Chairman OMA Salam, National Secretary Nasaruddin Elamaram, of Kerala.

The residence of a Thrissur-based Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leader was also raided, said outfit state chairman Ashraf Maulavi.

“Through such acts, the Center is actually engaging in unconstitutional activities. The public society should speak out against such practices to protect the country,” he said.

Michelle J. Kelley