During a protest rally in Kanhangad, under the Kasaragod district, members of the Muslim League were reported to have raised slogans such as “will hang Hindus in front of temples and burn them alive” in response to the Manipur violence.
According to PTI, on Wednesday, more than 300 members of the youth wing of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), which is part of the Congress-led UPA alliance, were booked for allegedly raising provocative slogans during a march in the northern Kerala district.
During the protest rally in Kanhangad, under the Kasaragod district, members of the Muslim League reportedly chanted slogans such as “will hang Hindus in front of temples and burn them alive” in response to the Manipur violence.
The protest rally sparked a controversy due to the provocative slogans raised by some of the participants.
P K Firoz, the State General Secretary of the Youth League, stated that the worker who raised the provocative slogan has been expelled from the organization. He further clarified that the slogans shouted deviated from the official printed version provided to the workers for the march.
In a statement, the Muslim Youth League expressed that the incident was an unpardonable mistake.
300 leaders affiliated with the Muslim League have been officially charged.
According to PTI, an official from the Hosdurg police station mentioned that cases were filed against 300 individuals who took part in the Youth League march, following a complaint lodged by the BJP Kanhangad mandala president.
The charges against them are under Section 153A of the IPC, which pertains to promoting enmity between groups based on religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and engaging in acts that could undermine harmony and social cohesion.
The BJP poses the question, “Are Hindus & Christians safe in Kerala?”
Amit Malviya, a leader from the BJP, shared a video of the rally where the provocative slogans were raised and raised concerns about the safety of Hindus and Christians in Kerala. He questioned the safety of these communities in light of the rally held by the youth wing of the Indian Union Muslim League, an ally of the Congress, in Kasaragod, Kerala. The BJP leader pointed out that during the rally, vile anti-Hindu slogans were chanted, threatening to hang Hindus in front of temples and burn them alive.
Youth wing of the Indian Union Muslim League, an ally of the Congress, held a rally in Kerala’s Kasargode, and raised vile anti-Hindu slogans, threatening to hang them (Hindus) in front of Temples and burn them alive…— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) July 26, 2023
They wouldn’t have dared to go this far had the Pinarayi… pic.twitter.com/lFV5caJ18C
Criticizing Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Malviya expressed, “If the Pinarayi government hadn’t extended support, they wouldn’t have dared to go this far. Can we ensure the safety of Hindus and Christians in Kerala?”
The Kerala BJP condemned the incident and held Congress leader Rahul Gandhi responsible for the actions of the party he terms ‘secular’.
We strongly condemn the shocking footage from the Kanhangad protest. The chants of "We will hang you in temples" and "We will burn you alive" by the Muslim League, aimed at Hindus, are utterly reprehensible and cannot be justified. @RahulGandhi must be held accountable for the… pic.twitter.com/KIZPakreyo— BJP KERALAM (@BJP4Keralam) July 26, 2023
The protest rally was held in response to the violence that erupted in Manipur on May 3. The violence was triggered by a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organized in the hill districts, protesting against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.