Hartal violence: Kerala govt starts attaching properties of PFI leaders

Broken windshield of a KSRTC bus after some miscreants threw stones on it, during the 'hartal' called by PFI on Sept 23, 2022 | Photo: PTI

Kozhikode: The Kerala government on Friday began attaching the properties of those PFI activists who were arrested in connection with hartal-day violence in the state. The move came days after Kerala High Court rapped the LDF government for its apparent lacklustre approach in the realisation of losses caused during the banned outfit's hartal last year.

The revenue officials attached properties owned by PFI leaders in Wayanad, Kasaragod, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur districts. In Wayanad, the officials attached properties owned by 14 party leaders.

Right from the morning, officials, along with a large posse of police officials, began the action by taking into possession the houses and properties of several PFI activists.

Among those whose assets were taken over by the state government included former general secretary of PFI- Abdul Sathar at Karunagapally in Kollam district, whose two-storied house and 13 cents of land were attached.

In Kasaragod, authorities initiated revenue recovery proceedings at two PFI offices and seized various assets owned by four leaders. The officials will soon attach assets owned by leaders Sirajudheen Nangarath, CT Sulaiman, Abdul Salam, and Umer Farooq. While in Thrissur, the houses and other properties owned by five PFI leaders were attached.

Incidentally this is for the first time that such an action has taken place where the assets of a large number of people engaged in destruction of public property have been attached.

Two days ago, the division bench had directed the government to speed up the measures. The government was also asked to file a report by Monday.

The High Court, on September 30, 2022, ordered office-bearers of PFI to deposit Rs 5.2 crore within two weeks towards public damages caused by the violence that erupted during the illegal "flash hartal" conducted by PFI on September 23. Later, the high court directed the state government to confiscate the properties to recover the losses.

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