KSRTC seeks Rs 5.06 crore in damages from PFI hartal organisers

A KSRTC bus that was destroyed in stone pelting at Attakulangara in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.

Kochi: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has moved the High Court seeking damages worth Rs 5.06 crore for the losses caused during the hartal called by the Popular Front of India (PFI).

PFI called for a hartal on September 23 in protest against the NIA raids and arrests at its offices and leaders' residences across the country.

Kerala witnessed widespread violence that day. There were attacks on KSRTC, which decided to run services considering the difficulties people might face.

Following this, KSRTC approached the High Court seeking compensation.

70 buses attacked

KSRTC buses, which bore the brunt of the 12-hour statewide hartal, last Friday told the High Court at least 70 buses were destroyed in stone pelting from agitators.

Minister for Transport Antony Raju had then said the attack on KSRTC also resulted in injuries to several drivers and passengers.

"KSRTC services were held with police support. Due to the attacks, many services leaving various depots were cut short. To prevent such attacks against the KSRTC in the future, strong action will be taken," Antony Raju said.

"The losses incurred will be recovered from the perpetrators. Legal action will be taken on those who destroyed the buses," he said in a statement.

Two held in Aluva

Aluva police on Tuesday arrested two Popular Front workers in connection with the vandalising of a KSRTC bus during the hartal held by the party on Friday. 

The accused are Shafiq and Mohammed Muhsin.

The attack reportedly happened at Pakalomattom in Chalakkal. A team comprising SHO L Anil Kumar, SI C R Haridas, and CPOs Mahinsha Aboobacker, Muhammed Ameer and K M Manoj nabbed the duo.

The accused were produced in court and remanded.

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