THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State Human Rights commission has filed a case over observing hartal in Kerala on Wednesday. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, DGP Loknath Behera, chief secretary S M Vijayanand are parties in the case.
The case was registered based on a complaint filed by social worker P K Raju, pointing out that former home minister Ramesh Chennithala, who had tabled Kerala Regulation of Hartal bill, himself had called for hartal.
Commission acting chairperson P Mohandas has ordered that within one month, the chief secretary and DGP should give explanation on the steps taken by the government to face the problems caused to the public due to hartal. The case will be considered in October.
As per the conditions in the draft bill, the political party holding hartal should inform the public about it three days ahead of the hartal day, through media. The party should also deposit an amount as caution deposit to be used it as compensation, if need be. Moreover, people should not be forced to observe hartal. But today there was wide spread violence and even patients travelling in buses were evacuated. Vehicles of people going to airports were also blocked by the hartal observers.