The Kerala Police on Tuesday arrested three former local leaders of the now-banned Muslim group Popular Front of India under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The arrested are Shajahan, 37, Ibrahim, 49, and Shefeed, 39. All are the residents of Anchangadi, Chavakkad in Thrissur district.
According to Kerala Police, Muslim men have been arrested for taking out protest rallies soon after the ban on the PFI. They were PFI leaders in the region, police claimed.
The three leaders led a rally from the Kadappuram grama panchayat office to Anchangadi Junction in protest against the ban on the PFI, said the police.
The arrestees were remanded by the Chavakkad Judicial First Class Magistrate on Tuesday.
So far, hundreds of Muslim men have been held under draconian UAPA across India in connection with the cases related to the banned Muslim group.
Last month, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided multiple locations across the country and arrested hundreds of its members. Later, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs imposed a ban on PFI and its affiliates for five years.