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Kerala – Hate slogan at Popular Front rally, 18 arrested

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Kerala. In the recent incident, a child was seen chanting hate slogans during a rally, Kerala Police have arrested 18 Popular Front leaders who were the organizers of the event.

The accused were produced at the magistrate’s house at night to avoid possible clashes.

According to the police, the accused were arrested for creating an opportunity to spread religious hatred. PA Nawaz and Ansar, who were earlier arrested in the case, were sent to police custody till Tuesday.

Kerala Police on Saturday (May 28) arrested a PFI leader whose son had raised slogans calling for genocide on Hindus in a rally in Alappuzha on May 21.

“The father of the child came to have an interview with the media or a press meet. We got the information, surrounded the place and got him arrested. We took him into custody. And after the interrogation from the Aleppy Police who are investigating the case, they will record the arrest and complete all the formalities,” Republic TV quoted Mattanchery ACP VG Raveendranath.

He further asserted that the child has not been taken into custody and was with his mother at his home. The child will be taken for counselling.

The PFI had organised ‘Save the Republic’ rally in Alappuzha on May 21. In the viral video, a child could be heard saying “(Hindus) should buy rice and flowers for their rites. Oh! I forgot one thing. (Christians) should also buy incense for their last rites. Here comes…here comes…your butchers. If you want to live here, live decently. Otherwise, we know how to implement Azadi. If you want to live here, live decently.”

Based on complaint of one Vijayakumar PK, the Kerala Police had registered an FIR against PFI Alappuzha district chief Navasm, district secretary Mujeeb and unknown people.

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