Court orders government to put an end to PFI protests.

Kerala police arrested 551 people after a demonstration called by the Popular Front of India (PFI) against NIA raids and the detention of its functionaries . The high court declared the flash hartal illegal and encouraged the government to confront the criminals with an iron fist .

On Friday, Kerala police arrested 551 people after a demonstration called by the Popular Front of India (PFI) against NIA raids and the detention of its functionaries, causing much violence and harm to public property, prompting the high court to issue a suo motu notice.It declared the flash hartal illegal and encouraged the government to confront the criminals with an iron fist.During the dawn-to-dusk statewide protest, mobs attacked as many as 13 shops, 70 state-owned buses, and two Tamil Nadu government buses, according to police.According to them, ten KSRTC staff, including eight drivers, and six cops were wounded.

Of the 311 suspects identified so far, the majority were arrested in Kollam city (164), where cops observed protesters smashing two policemen on duty with a bike, among other offenses.Approximately 400 people were released from preventive detention, with Malappuram (126) topping the list, followed by Kannur (86).The demonstrations were comparatively peaceful in the southern districts, particularly in Kannur and Kozhikode, compared to the north.According to reports, petrol bombs were thrown on four occasions in Kannur, including one at the RSS office in Mattanur.

In Kasargod, the hartal was virtually unofficial, although it was forecast to be more intense because of the district's large number of PFI activists.At many offices, attendance was low as protesters dominated many roads and violence spread quickly.The government secretariat received just over 57 percent of its passengers, while KSRTC handled only 62 percent of its buses.The cost of the injury was estimated at Rs 42 lakh by the KSRTC.

The PFI hartal was deemed unlawful by a division bench comprising of AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Mohammed Nias CP, who brought a lawsuit against the Islamic group and its state general secretary A Abdul Sathar.On January 7, 2019, the court had made giving notice seven days before a protest march mandatory.On Thursday, the PFI held its hartal.The court said that such conduct by supporters of the hartal must be investigated and that the extent of harm should be reported to the high court by September 29, requiring remedial action to recover such losses from the perpetrators.