Kerala. The Kerala Police seized and destroyed air balloons and masks with the image of freedom fighter Veer Savarkar distributed in Thrissur during the legendary Pooram festival. Hindu Mahasabha state president Kishan CJ was arrested and held in preventive custody in connection with the incident.
Police ‘recovered’ balloons and masks were stored in Hindu Mahasabha’s Thrissur office and destroyed them. The visuals of the incident have gone viral on the internet. Earlier, umbrellas bearing the image of Veer Savarkar were withdrawn by Paramekavu Devaswom’s exchange of umbrellas’ ceremony (kudamattam) following the opposition from CPM.
There were two consecutive incidents in Kerala that expressed hatred toward Veer Savarkar the Indian independence activist who played a major role during the fight for the independence of the country and politician who formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva. Surprisingly both incidents were reported when Kerala was celebrating one of the major Hindu festivals in the state named Pooram.