Kerala hartal: Ramesh Chennithala’s assurance of peace during UDF protest falls flat – check where minor clashes are taking place now!

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Published: October 16, 2017 2:03:05 PM

Ramesh Chennithala, Leader of the Opposition, had stated that the UDF hartal would be a peaceful one.

UDF hartal, UDF hartal kerala, Ramesh Chennithala kerala hartal, kerala hartal clashes, kerala university, kerala hartal stones hurledRamesh Chennithala, Leader of the Opposition, had stated that the UDF hartal would be a peaceful one. (Source: IE)

Today marks UDF’s hartal in Kerala to protest against the anti-people policies of the Centre and state government as well as rising fuel prices. From 6 am till 6 pm, the hartal will remain in force. Though Ramesh Chennithala, Leader of the Opposition, had stated that the hartal would be a peaceful one, there are already reports in local news channels that stones were hurled at a KSRTC bus in Kochi. According to Manorama News, Congress workers had stopped some vehicles in Kollam and there were minor clashes around Kozhikode by agitators. It has also been reported that police did not intervene during instances when vehicles in Kollam, Kottarakara and Chavara were attacked. Mathrubhumi News reported that in Thrissur police took stone pelters into custody. In Thiruvananthapuram, UDF workers had marched to the Secretariat from Palayam, raising slogans against both Centre and state government.

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Earlier, on Thursday, a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court had directed the state government to assure the people that they would have protection during the hartal. Not just that, the HC has ordered that communication regarding what steps have been taken by the state must be made clear. As a result, the police are on alert today to ensure that untoward incidents do not take place.

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As per a report from Kozhikode by Deccan Chronicle, Special branch ACP VM Abdul Wahab stated that protection would be given to the public and that the full police force in the district would remain alert and ready to help the public. On Sunday, the special branch assistant commissioner of police had issued a statement that they would work to protect KSRTC buses that ply on the road and offer to assist the public in coordination with the Regional Transport Office.

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