‘There won’t be any mosques’: Kerala BJP workers booked for hate slogans

“There won’t be any mosques to pray five times,” slogans were raised by saffron party workers during Wednesday’s March in Thalassery city. Photo: Special arrangement.

Workers of BJP’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in Kerala’s Kannur have been booked for raising anti-Muslim slogans on Thursday.

“There won’t be any mosques to pray five times,” slogans were raised by saffron party workers during Wednesday’s march in Thalassery city.

The case was filed suo moto, Ilango R, district police chief in Kannur said.

Soon after the march, the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) approached the police, demanding strict action against people who raised anti-Muslim slogans.

The case was registered under IPC 153 (enmity created amid different groups on grounds of religion, race, birth, language, residence) and IPC 143 (amounting to unlawful assembly.)

BJP’s march with hate slogans occurred, according to Shamseer Ibrahim, Fraternity Movement national president, immediately after the Islamophobic campaign against Halal foods and restaurants ignited by BJP Kerala president K. Surendran.

Open call for demolishing mosques and Muslim-owned institutions must be taken seriously by the government and hate politics be treated accordingly, Shamseer Ibrahim who hails from Thalassery town where the incident happened, said to Maktoob. Fraternity also filed a police complaint against BJP workers.