Kerala Govt to introduce ordinance to prevent destruction of property during hartal

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 8 (UNI) In the wake of destruction of private property during hartals, bandhs and communal violence, Kerala is considering an ordinance to prevent destruction of private property.

The Government has decided to issue the ‘Prevention of Damage to Private Property and Payment of Compensation Ordinance-2019″ to curb destruction of private property in the name of protests.

The State Cabinet has also recommended Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam to promulgate the ordinance, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday evening.

The ordinance has the provisions for imprisonment up to five years and a fine. If the destruction is due to explosive or fire, then it might jump to 10 years or life term 
The ordinance is similar to a Central Act, which prevents the destruction of public property.
In such cases, bail will be granted only after hearing the prosecution side and submitting a bank guarantee to 50 per cent of the damage.
The ordinance will help the Government to initiate legal action to collect compensation from those, who cause destruction.