Left activists have calmed down their mode of protest during their agitation against the petrol price hike over the past three days by not throwing a single stone.
The reason for this is that in response to a high court decree, the opposition CPI(M) in Kerala has sounded out activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India and Students’ Federation of India not to damage public property during agitations.
The Kerala high court gave a directive last month an amount equal in value to the damage caused must be deposited by the accused before his or her bail plea was admitted.
Justice KT Sankaran said the court could not remain a silent spectator when public property was destroyed.
However, if the accused are found innocent, they are entitled to refund.
In the last two weeks, the party had to cough up Rs 6 lakh to ensure the release of arrested activists. Two women activists had to mortgage their gold chains last week to get the release of two persons on bail.
“Though we deplore the destruction of public property, the court order will cripple the right to protest,” said SFI state president KV Sumesh.
The BJP too is not happy.
“It should be applicable to corruption cases also. The 2G and 3G accused will have to deposit crores of rupees,” said BJP leader K Surendran.