PFI Hartal: Protesters hurl petrol bomb at vehicles, attack police  

When hartal supporters attacked a KSRTC bus in Kollam | Photo: CR Gireesh Kumar

Thiruvananthapuram: The dawn-dusk hartal declared by the Popular Front of India turned violent in many locations in the state. The hartal supporters unleashed an attack against KSRTC buses, passengers in private vehicles and police in many regions. Police took a few hartal supporters into custody for creating violence here.

In Kannur, some protesters hurled a petrol bomb at a bike rider. The bike rider who suffered injuries was rushed to a nearby hospital. In a shocking incident, a hartal supporter riding a bike hit police officers at Pallimukku in Kollam. Senior civil police officer Antony and CPO Nikhil sustained injuries in the attack. The incident happened when the cops were attempting to stop the protesters who were showering abuses at the passengers. The accused has been identified as Koottikkada native Shamnad.

Private vehicles were attacked in Karunagappally on Friday morning.

In Thiruvananthapuram, a 15-member-gang vandalised a shop which was opened at Pothencode. Police have arrested a person in connection with the incident.

In Kozhikode, the hartal supporters attacked a hotel in Nadakkavu and a KSRTC bus near Civil Station. The KSRTC driver, who sustained injuries has been admitted to Kozhikode Beach Hospital. Two Popular Front activists were arrested at Kuttikattoor for hurling stones at vehicles.

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