Kochi: The father of the boy who raised provocative slogans at a Popular Front of India (PFI) rally came up justifying the act. He revealed to the media that the child had raised the same slogans during the protests staged against the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship Amendment Act here. Police had taken the father under custody on Saturday from Kochi. He responded to the media following this.
The father said that he has no idea why it created a controversy now. He asserted that the boy had learned these slogans for the demonstrations conducted against NRC and CAA. No religions have been criticised in those chants. The slogans were raised only against Sangh Parivar, he said. By asking why the police haunt his son, the father discarded all the allegations raised against the rally. The child’s father informed that he is just a follower of the party and used to attend similar rallies when asked.
Police had arrested 18 PFI workers in association with the provocative slogans in Alappuzha. On Friday, police took 20 persons under custody. Meanwhile, the court permitted the key suspect and PFI Alappuzha district president PA Navaz and third accused Ansar Najeeb to be taken under police custody for four days based on a request filed by the investigation officers.