Kerala police arrested 18 more people on Friday in connection with the PFI slogan case.
“These were the people who repeated the slogans of the child. Two people were previously arrested,” Kerala police said.
The Kerala Supreme Court has ordered police to take appropriate action against the Popular Front of India over alleged provocative slogans in connection with the May 21 demonstration in Alappuzha.
Erattuepetta resident Anas, who carried the underage boy on his shoulders, was the first person to be arrested in the case.
In the viral video, a boy can be seen lifting the slogan: “Hindus should keep rice for their last rites and Christians should keep incense for their last rites. If you live decently you can live in our country and if you don’t live decently , we know Azadi (freedom). Live decently, decently, decently.”
This came as a direct threat to the Hindu and Christian populations in Kerala, with PFI warning the death penalty if they do not follow the rules.
Kerala Police on Tuesday registered a case against PFI Alappuzha District President Nawas Vandanam and District Secretary Mujeeb in the issue of hate speech under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
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