The rural police on Monday arrested two persons, including a suspected worker of the National Development Front (NDF), on the charge of attempting to foment religious hostility between two communities in the Kuttiyadi police station limits.

The Kuttiyadi police nabbed the accused — Zakariah Mayankutty, 32, Chaluparambathu Kuniveedu, Cheekunnu, Naripetta; and Mohasin Hameed,22, Peedikayulathilparambathu, Vanimel, who is working as a DTP operator with a printing press at Bhoomivathukkal. They were arrested based on a complaint submitted by Shamsudheen Moosa of Cheekunnu, the police said.

T.K. Rajmohan, Superintendent of Police, Kozhikode Rural, said Zakariah reportedly an NDF worker, had painted the petrol tanks of two motorbikes with saffron colour parked in front of houses of Shamsudheen and Hafeez. He then placed a poster with provocative slogans signed in the named of Bajrang Dal. A traditional lamp stolen from a temple at Cherumukkathu was also placed in front of the two-wheelers, he.

Both the accused were charged under Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295-A ( deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code.

They will be produced before the Nadapauram Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Tuesday.

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