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Kochi: KSRTC has filed a claim petition seeking compensation of Rs 5.83 crore due to the hartal that took place on September 23, 2022, observed by the banned outfit Popular Front of India. The petition was submitted to the claims commissioner, retired district judge PD Sarangadharan.
Claims commissioner has sent a notice to the state police chief demanding a report on the expenses incurred for deploying police force on the hartal day. The Kerala High Court has given permission to incur this expense from the office-bearers of PFI.
KSRTC has reported that at least 53 buses have been damaged in the PFI hartal across the state. The claims commissioner will approve the corporation’s demand only after inspecting each of the buses.
The state government had confiscated the properties of the PFI leaders, following the high court’s order to recover the damages from them. However, the proceedings under the claims commissioner have been hindered as the KSRTC and police department delayed the submission of claim petition.
In addition to this, the claims commissioner has received 37 private complaints claiming that their properties were also damaged in the violence unleashed during the hartal.
The high court had formed a post of claims commissioner after a case filed by the Chamber of Commerce. However, a claims commissioner was appointed in the state only after the high court’s intervention following the flash hartal. The claims commissioner convenes sitting at the office in Revenue Tower in Ernakulam South.