Kerala hartal: Public transport paralysed, KSRTC plying only essential services

Scene from Kannur railway station road

Thiruvananthapuram: The hartal in Kerala, expressing solidarity to the Bharat Bandh called by farmers protesting against union government’s contentious farm laws, began in Kerala. The hartal is from 6 AM to 6 PM. It has been organized by various trade unions unanimously.

Public transport is at standstill, while KSRTC is plying only essential bus services. Reports from Ernakulam say shops are closed. Similarly, in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, KSRTC is not operating normal services as was informed earlier. However, essential bus services are being operated. Across the state no forced closure of shops or stopping of vehicles have been reported till now. Police have been supervising the situation.

CPM's acting state Secretary A. Vijayaraghavan, in a statement, called upon the people of Kerala to cooperate with the Bharat Bandh and to express solidarity with the agitating farmers of the country. Leader of Opposition, V.D. Satheeshan, told media persons that the struggle of the farmers has to be given support and hence the Congress and the opposition UDF have extended support to the Bharat Bandh.

He called upon people to support the farmers who were fighting against the "draconian" farm laws. Kerala Police are on high alert over the Bharat Bandh which would bring life to a standstill in the state. The DGP has directed district Police Superintendents, especially in north Kerala to be on high alert over anti-social elements taking law into their hands.

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