Kochi: The Kerala government has removed Biju Prakash, SHO of Kannur's Mayyil police station, from his post, holding that the notice banning communal speech was inappropriate. The Pinarayi Vijayan government on Wednesday (15 June 2022) said that it does not think that any communal propaganda is taking place in the mosques of the state. Along with this, he has termed as unfair the notice issued by the police to Jama Masjid in Kannur district, asking the mosque to refrain from giving "communally divisive" speeches during Friday prayers.
A statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said that such a notice is completely unfair and against the policies of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government. The CMO said that the in-charge of Mayyil police station issued a wrong notice without understanding the government policy, so the DGP (Director General of Police) has removed him from the post. In fact, Biju Prakash had issued this notice against Suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in view of the recent violent protests by fundamentalists in different parts of the country and the subsequent riots over her alleged controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad.
SHO Biju Prakash had sent a notice to the Jama Masjid committee of the area asking them to refrain from making inflammatory speeches during Friday prayers. He told the mosque committee that Friday prayers in the mosque should not be used to disturb communal harmony and spread hatred. It was also said in the notice that appropriate action will be taken against those who violate this advisory and use abusive language. However, soon after the mosque received the notice, there was outrage against the SHO. The Muslim community, including parties like Muslim League and SDPI, opposed this circular. Muslim League Kannur district general secretary Abdul Karim Cheleri asked CM Vijayan to clarify the government's stand on the issue. Not only this, Muslim leaders also lodged a complaint against the police officer with the police commissioner of Kannur city.
After the notice was opposed, it was withdrawn and the SHO was removed from his post. After the government action, the official said that this was just an advice to the mosque committee. Taking back the circular, the police commissioner also sought clarification from SHO Biju Prakash. Let us inform that Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) vice-president VT Balaram, recently, referring to the alleged hate speech of senior leader PC George in a temple, asked the question whether the Left government was working on temple committees to check the spread of hatred. Will the notice be issued? Let us inform that the CMO has claimed in his statement that the notice has been made against the government and has said that at a time when selfish people are trying to create communal tension in the state, various religions, religious institutions and general It is very important to maintain friendship and peace among the people.