Those who need are free to work on hartal day: Kerala tells HC


Kerala High Court on Friday closed the plea requesting to declare the ‘hartal’ on Monday illegal.

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Friday closed the plea requesting to declare the ‘hartal’ on Monday illegal.

State attorney N Manoj Kumar told the court that government will ensure protection for those who want to work on the ‘hartal’ day.



Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chali accepting the statement of Manoj, closed the plea filed by Samasta Nair Samajam general secretary Perumuttam Radhakrishnan.

Radhakrishnan argued that people were not informed about the lockdown at least 10-days before.

After a long hiatus, a state-wide ‘hartal’ has been called for in the state on September 27. The 12-hour-long lockdown declared by the Trade Unions is part of the Bharat Bandh announced on the same day by the farmers’ unions in support of the protest against the Union government.

As usual, essential services like milk, newspaper, ambulance, medicines, marriages and others will not be affected.

Farmers from different parts of the country, especially Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi borders since November last year, demanding repeal of the three contentious farm laws that they fear would do away with the Minimum Support Price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.

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