PFI violence: Kerala govt apologises in court for delay in recovery proceedings | Kochi


Kochi: The Kerala government on Friday apologized in the High Court for delaying recovery proceedings following the hartal violence called by the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) in connection with damage to public property in the state.

Reminding the State Government of its distress, the court recently summoned the Home Minister to appear before the court.

He also ordered the government to complete the recovery procedure by January.

The state government had on December 19 sought at least six months for recovery proceedings, which the court rejected.

The government had on November 7 told the court that there was a loss of Rs 86 lakh due to property damage due to the violence in the hartals across the State in September.

The government also reported that private individuals suffered a loss of Rs 16 lakh during the violence.

He also said that the process of recovering the loss of those who called the violent hartal has started.

The state government said it has appointed former district judge PD Shargadharan as Grievance Commissioner.

A total of 724 people were apprehended as part of preventive detention, adding that all the culprits have been identified and most of them have been arrested, the state government said earlier.

So far, the State Police has registered a total of 361 cases and arrested 2,674 people.

Earlier, the High Court had asked the banned PFI and its former state chief secretary to deposit Rs 5.2 crore with the home department for damages estimated by the KSRTC and the state government due to the hartal-related violence, saying they should be held accountable. for that

Sathar, who was the state general secretary of the outfit, had called a strike at PFI offices and nationwide against the arrests of its leaders, after which he reportedly fled.

Hours after PFI was banned, the outfit was disbanded following the Home Ministry’s decision and subsequently arrested, the statement said.

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