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Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar booked by Kerala police for hate speech

Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and BJP leader Rajeev Chandrasekhar was booked for hate speech by the Kerala police on Tuesday, 31 October.

Two First Information Reports (FIR) have been filed against the Minister at the Ernakulam Central police station under sections 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 120(o) (penalty for causing nuisance and violation of public order) of The Kerala Police Act.

The police action comes a day after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan came down heavily on the Minister, accusing him of spreading hate speech and Islamophobia, linking the recent blasts to the Palestine solidarity events in the state.

Following Rajeev’s post on X, Vijayan said that Rajeev was not “spitting out just any poison, but deadly poison.”

Just hours after the blast being reported at a convention of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kalamassery on Sunday, Rajeev claimed the Palestine solidarity events were linked to the blasts.

He said: “Dirty, shameless, appeasement politics by a discredited CM (and HM) @pinarayivijayan besieged by corruption charges. Sitting in Delhi and protesting against Israel when in Kerala open calls by Terrorist Hamas for Jihad is causing attacks and bomb blasts on innocent Christians.”

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