The Kerala Police on Saturday (May 28) arrested a PFI terrorist 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.
They were booked under Sections 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class), 505(1)(b) (Act against the public tranquillity), 505(1)(c), 505(2) and 506 (Criminal intimidation) of the IPC and 120(O) of Kerala Police Act.
The Kerala High Court had ordered the police to take action against all involved in raising Hindu genocide slogans.
The PFI denied that it had any role in the sloganeering. PFI State secretary C A Raoof said, “We have given approved slogans which were to be raised in the public rally at Alappuzha. Thousands of party workers and others joined the rally protesting against the RSS. The visual of a boy raising slogans came to our notice now. Those slogans were not approved or given by the organizers of the rally. It’s not the policy of the organization to provoke or raise provocative slogans.”