The father of a Kerala boy who allegedly raised “hate” slogans at a Popular Front of India, or PFI, rally final week has been detained. Twenty individuals have been arrested thus far within the case.
A video of the 11-year-old boy sitting on the shoulder of a person in the course of the rally held by PFI on May 21 and elevating allegedly provocative slogans in opposition to Hindus and Christians was shared broadly on social media.
The police mentioned the household of the boy went into hiding in Kerala’s Kochi following the controversy. The boy was traced by the police two days after the rally, whereas his father was detained immediately whereas he was returning house to Alappuzha.
The Kerala authorities is more likely to file a report involving the boy to the Child Welfare Committee.
The boy’s father claimed they’d chanted the identical slogans previously in reference to the protests in opposition to the National Register of Citizens, or NRC, and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, also called the CAA.
“We have chanted the same slogans in the past. And we did not intend to target any religion. It’s a part of our party activity,” mentioned the boy’s father.
When reporters requested the boy who taught him the slogan, he mentioned, “When I went for NRC programme, I heard it there and learned it by heart.”
The boy’s father, a PFI member, added, “”The slogan was solely in opposition to Sangh Parivar and never in opposition to Hindus or Christians. This slogan was chanted in the course of the NRC and CAA protests too.”
Mattancherry Assistant Commissioner of Police VG Raveendranath said child welfare officials have been asked to provide counseling to the child who chanted the alleged hate slogans.
Hours before the PFI rally on May 21, Bajrang Dal workers took out a “shaurya rally” in Alappuzha, raising slogans that “the nation can’t be handed over to anti-nationals and communalists.”
Last 12 months, Alappuzha noticed back-to-back killings of a state chief of the Social Democratic Party of India, the political wing of the PFI, and a state BJP chief inside 12 hours.