Kochi: At least 40 suspected members of an Islamic organization were arrested on Sunday at Vadakkekara in Ernakulam district on charges of attempting to “trigger religious animosity in the society”, the police said.
They added that the accused were placed under arrest after scrutinizing the contents of some pamphlets, bearing the name of an outfit called the Wisdom Global Islamic Mission, seized from their possession.
The accused were charged under section 153A, IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc. and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), Ernakulam Rural Superintendent of Police (SP) A V George told PTI.
The accused had allegedly distributed the pamphlets propagating the Islamic faith at eight places in and around Vadakkekara, near North Paravur in the district.
The police alleged that the pamphlets contained objectionable contents.