PFI in Thiruvananthapuram has called for a bandh today against the NIA raids. According to the information received, people supporting the bandh allegedly damaged an auto-rickshaw and a car. Also, according to the latest information, the bandh supporters have also attacked the police personnel. Let us inform that on Thursday, a joint team of NIA, ED and state police forces raided and arrested many PFI leaders. Angered by this, PFI leaders have called for a strike today i.e. on 23 September. The raids were conducted at PFI offices, leaders' houses and other premises on Thursday.
'Arrests of leaders part of 'state-sponsored terrorism'
In protest against this action, PFI state general secretary A Abdul Sattar has said that a strike has been called in Kerala on Friday to protest against the action of central agencies. The statement said its state committee felt that the arrests of the organization's leaders were part of "state-sponsored terrorism". He said that the fascist government controlled by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is trying to suppress the voice of dissent by using central agencies.
BJP calls today's strike unnecessary
Let us inform that this action of NIA was done to stop the alleged support of terrorist activities in the country. The state unit of BJP termed today's strike as unnecessary and urged the state government to take strict action against it. BJP state unit chief K. Surendran alleged that all the strikes called earlier by the PFI have led to riots. He said that the state authorities should make arrangements to adequately protect the life and property of the people.
Kochi, Kerala | A KSRTC bus was vandalised allegedly by people supporting the one-day bandh called by PFI today, in Companypadi near Aluva pic.twitter.com/XZqhiAxTDL— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2022
Over 100 PFI leaders arrested
On Thursday, a joint team of NIA, ED and state police forces arrested over 100 PFI leaders. According to news agency ANI, the joint team conducted raids in 10 states. During this, maximum 22 people were arrested from Kerala. At the same time, 20 people have been arrested from Maharashtra and Karnataka, 5 from Andhra Pradesh, 9 from Assam, 3 from Delhi, 8 from UP and 2 from Rajasthan.