Almost total Hartal in the capital – The Hindu
The dawn-to-dusk hartal, supported by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the United Democratic Front (UDF), was almost complete in the district on Monday.
With the exception of a few isolated incidents, the shutdown announced in response to a call for a national bandh by Samyukt Kisan Morcha has been largely peaceful.
While public transport vehicles remained off the roads, few taxis, rickshaws and private vehicles could be seen in various parts of the district. Although the movement of these vehicles is not impeded, there have been a few cases of forced outlet closings by supporters of Hartal.
A supermarket and a financial institution were closed when a group of agitators opposed their attempts to operate on hartal day.
Minor violence erupted at a gas station in Ayanimoodu, near Pallichal, around 11:30 a.m. when nearly 10 activists manhandled its manager and a few employees including women for defying their instruction to suspend their activities for the day. Naruvamoodu police have recorded a case in connection with the incident.
Hartal supporters in Ayilam, near Attingal, reportedly cursed a group of workers from Mahatma Gandhi’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Program as they arrived to work on a plantation.
Chala’s bazaar presented a deserted scene, as only a few discouraged traders opened their stalls in the futile expectation of the arrival of customers on hartal day. As the KSRTC suspended regular services during the hartal, special trips were made at the request of the Thampanoor Town Police to the Regional Cancer Center, Thirvuvananthapuram University Medical Hospital and the airport. Thiruvananthapuram International.
The public service resumed its trips at 6 p.m. Large institutions, including the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC), transported their personnel by convoy under police protection.
As all unions except Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) have pledged to support the hartal, participation levels have been abysmal in the Secretariat and other government offices.
Thiruvananthapuram Town Police had adopted strict security with pickets set up in 142 locations. The universities had postponed their exams which were scheduled for the same day.
In front of Raj Bhavan
All India Vice President Kisan Sabha and CPI Political Bureau member (M) S. Ramachandran Pillai said any attempt to privatize the agricultural sector by implementing the controversial agricultural laws in the country could spell the end of major sections.
He opened Monday a protest meeting organized by Kerala Samyuktha Karshaka Samiti in front of the Raj Bhavan to express his solidarity with the Bharat Bandh nationwide.
President of Kerala Samyuktha Karshaka Samithi, Sathyan Mokeri, who chaired the meeting, said
agricultural laws threatened to push the country into turmoil under such circumstances.
Binoy Viswam, MP, former president Mr. Vijayakumar, and leaders of various farmers’ organizations also participated in the protest.