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Thiruvananthapuram: Popular Front of India will observe a hartal in Kerala on Friday (September 23) in protest against the massive NIA raids in its offices. The hartal will begin at 6 am and end at 6 pm.
A PFI statement here said its state committee observed that the arrest of the leaders was part of "state-sponsored terrorism".
"A hartal will be observed in the state on September 23 against the RSS-controlled fascist government's attempt to silence dissenting voices using the central agencies," A Abdul Sathar, state general secretary, PFI, said.
Meanwhile, KSRTC stated that it will conduct regular services as usual on the hartal day. Corporation will seek police protection.
A total of 106 Popular Front of India (PFI) cadres were arrested on Thursday in a joint operation conducted by the National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate and state police forces across 11 states in the country's multiple locations, according to the sources.
Issuing a statement against it, PFI's National Executive Council (NEC) said, "NEC has condemned the national wide raids by the NIA and ED and the unjust arrests and the harassments of its National and state leaders across India and the witch-hunting against the members, and supporters of the organization."
"NIA's baseless claims and sensationalism are solely aimed at creating an atmosphere of terror," it added.
It said that the Front will "never ever surrender" on the action taken by a "totalitarian regime".
"Popular Front will never ever surrender on any scary action by a totalitarian regime using the central agencies as its puppets and will stand firm on its will for recovering the democratic system and spirit of the constitution of our beloved country," the statement said.