Islamic organization PFI on Friday announced a day-long strike in Kerala. Meanwhile, violence broke out in many places in the state. Incidents of stone pelting on public transport buses, damage to shops, vehicles and incidents of violence have also been reported across the state. Seeing the matter increasing, the Kerala High Court had to take suo motu cognizance. The court has directed the police to take strict action against those who destroy public properties.
Around 70 government buses were damaged in different parts of the state, bombs were hurled at many places and the RSS office in Kannur (North Kerala) was attacked by miscreants. A PFI worker has been caught with a live bomb in Kannur. Over 200 PFI activists have been arrested in connection with the violence. Ambulances were also pelted with stones at some places.12 bus passengers and six drivers were injured in the violence.
The Kerala High Court has asked the police to register a case against PFI state secretary A Abubakar. Abubakar had called for a strike on Thursday to protest the nationwide raids and arrests of PFI office bearers. The police are also being criticized for not functioning properly. The opposition BJP said that the Kerala Police humbly surrendered to the radical outfit.
During the Kerala bandh, two policemen were attacked by bike riders PFI supporters at Pallimukku in Kollam district. Meanwhile, there have been reports of petrol bombs being thrown at the RSS office in Mattanur, Kannur. The two attackers escaped by throwing petrol bombs. The office was damaged in the attack. Police is probing the incident.