Top Kerala leader George arrested over controversial remarks against Muslims

Thiruvananthapuram, May 1 (PTI) Kerala’s senior politician PC George was arrested by police on Sunday for his alleged controversial remarks against Muslims.

Police said cops from Fort Police Station here arrested George from his residence in Erattupetta in Kottayam district in the early hours of Sunday.

On Saturday, police had filed a case against George alleging his speech at a conclave here encouraged religious hatred.

Police from Fort Police Station filed a suo motu suit against the former lawmaker on the instructions of State Police Chief Anil Kant.

George, who was arrested under Section 153-A (promotion of enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code, is being brought to Thiruvananthapuram, police said.

The former Congress politician had sparked controversy by asking non-Muslims in Kerala to avoid community-run restaurants.

Speaking to a program organized under the Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan underway here on Friday, he alleged that tea containing ‘impotence-causing drops’ was being sold in Muslim-run restaurants to make people “infertile” in order to “take control” of the country.

The 70-year-old politician, who represented Poonjar constituency in the state assembly for 33 years, had also urged non-Muslims to boycott Muslim-run businesses.

The ruling CPI(M) and the opposition Congress condemned his remarks. PTI TGB DV DV

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