Crack down on PFI protests, court tells govt | India News

Kerala police took 551 people into custody after a protest called by Popular Front of India (PFI) against NIA raids and arrest of its functionaries led to widespread violence and damage to public property on Friday, prompting the high court to take suo motu notice.
It called the “flash hartal” illegal and asked the government to confront the lawbreakers with an iron fist. As many as 13 shops, 70 state-run buses and two Tamil Nadu government buses were damaged by mobs in 217 reported attacks on properties, vehicles and citizens during the dawn-to-dusk statewide protest, police said.
They said 10 KSRTC staff, including eight drivers, and six cops were wounded. The protest was comparatively peaceful in the south.
Of those arrested in 311 cases registered so far, most were in Kollam city (164), where cops reported protesters ramming two policemen on duty with a bike, besides other…

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