Two Kerala government employees arrested for SBI attack


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Two Kerala government employees were arrested on Thursday for vandalizing the cabin of a State Bank of India (SBI) manager on the second day of a 48-hour nationwide trade union strike.

The protestors attacked the State Bank of India treasury branch near the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday morning.

The Kerala cops arrested Ashokan and Harilal, produced before the court and remanded them in judicial custody till January 24.

Amid the nationwide protests, the SBI branches in the state remained open during both days.

On Wednesday, a group of 15 people marched into the treasury branch and asked officials to shut down the branch before vandalised the building and they manhandled the bank manager when he refused to shut down the branch.

“They came to the cabin around 10 am and threatened the staff and smashed the glass table, chairs, television and a computer”, the branch manager Santosh Karunakaran had said on Wednesday.

According to the report, the police used the CCTV footage to identify the protesters all those involved in the case.

On January 7, the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said, the Kerala government deciding to promulgate the Kerala Prevention of Damage to Private Property and Payment of Compensation Ordinance, 2019, to prevent damage to private property during strike-related violence.

The Kerala High Court on Monday ordered that hartals must be announced seven days in advance.

While announcing the order, the court observed that the government will get sufficient time to take precautionary measures against hartals, when it announced seven days in advance.

The court also ordered that hartals should not be called without issuing a notice. If it to do so, then the declarants will be responsible for all the losses incurred in connection with the hartal.

The 48-hour national strike called by 10 central trade unions against anti-labour policies of the union government.

The 10 CTUs which had gone on strike include INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC. RSS affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) did not participate.

Due to protests at several places, trains were running late. The police had to arrest and remove those protesters in front of trains and shifted them to the police station.

While KSRTC operated minimum services. To ensure Sabarimala pilgrims were not affected by the strike, Kerala Road Transport Corporation is operating services from Thiruvananthapuram to Pamba, the base camp of Sabarimala.

The Sabarimala pilgrims, hospitals, tourism sectors, airports, social and religious functions had been exempted from the strike


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