Widespread violent incidents are being reported from across the state in connection with a hartal called by the Popular Front of India in Kerala. As per the preliminary reports, several vehicles including KSRTC buses were attacked by the protesters in various places.
The protesters pelted stones at KSRTC buses in Kozhikode, Kochi, Alappuzha, Kollam and Wayanad. A lorry was also attacked in Kozhikode.Two KSRTC buses which were plying on the Aluva-Perumbavoor route in Kochi were also attacked by the hartal supporters.
Kerala police have beefed up security in the state and issued directions to the district police chiefs to ensure law and order after the Popular Front of India (PFI) called for a state-wide hartal on Friday. Police have sent notices to PFI leaders and issued a statement that stern action will be taken against those who violate the law.
On Thursday, PFI workers had taken out marches to the places where raids were carried out and raised slogans against the Centre and its investigating agencies. However, central forces were already deployed in all such places as part of strengthening security.