SDPI leader trained minor boy to raise hate slogans, says remand report

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Alappuzha: The remand report of the police in the provocative slogan case pointed out that the child was trained to raise the slogans. According to police, SDPI Thripunithura constituency secretary Sudheer had taught the minor boy to raise the hate slogans.

Sudheer is a close friend of the boy’s father and a regular visitor to his house. On the other day, police remanded 20 people including Sudheer and the boy’s father in the case.

The remand report also cited that the child’s father also incited him to deliver the provocative slogans.

Police arrested PFI leader Yahiya Thangal on Sunday morning over the case. Thangal was taken into custody as he was one of the organisers of the event where the slogans were allegedly raised.

A purported video, in which the child could be seen sitting on the shoulder of a person and raising offensive slogans during the "Save the Republic" rally held by the PFI on May 21, had gone viral on social media platforms.

In the FIR filed based on a complaint by Vijayakumar PK, police invoked various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Kerala Police Act and arraigned PFI Alappuzha district secretary Mujeeb and Navas as accused along with other identifiable people.

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 Section 120(o) of KP Act are included in the FIR.

(with inputs from PTI)

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