Kerala Cops charge protestors for outraging Covid norms
Kerala Cops charge protestors for outraging Covid norms

Protests are taking place every now and then in the state of Kerala. Following week-long protests by opposition party workers in Kerala that shook the state capital, needing the resignation of state minister KT Jaleel, the Cantonment Police in Thiruvananthapuram has charged 3,000 people for breaking COVID-19 regulations. The protests that traversed across many districts over the past eight days had not been abiding COVID-19 protocols like maintaining physical distancing, officials said.

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The Cantonment Police station, located close to the office of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram, looks after the security of the state Secretariat. The Kerala High Court had last week come down heavily on the police for failing to handle the protests near the state Secretariat despite COVID-19 safety guidelines being in place. In about 25 First Information Reports (FIRs), cases have been registered against 3,000 people, including 100 women. In the past eight days, the arrest of around 500 protesters was also recorded.

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The maximum cases have been registered against the members of various groups of BJP including Yuva Morcha and Mahila Morcha. Ever since the spread of COVID-19 increased in the state, the High Court of Kerala had on two moments advised that regulations should be followed in protests. After finding the directives getting ignored, the court restated last week that at no cost, should the law be broken. It is also to be noted that two leaders of Youth Congress and one leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), who participated in the protests, had tested positive for the coronavirus.

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