MM Akbar, an Islamic preacher and managing director of Peace International School, was arrested in Hyderabad on Sunday. Akbar was wanted for allegedly igniting communal enmity through textbooks at his school in Kochi. According to police, Akbar had been residing in West Asia after escaping from the country. He is also the founder-director of ‘Niche of Truth’ which is an organisation engaged in spreading Islam, as per The Indian Express report.
Akbar was detained by immigration officials at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. A lookout notice was issued by Kerala Police against his name. Biji George, In-charge, Assistant Commissioner (Special Branch), Kochi Police said that they had issued a lookout circular for Akbar. He was detained at Hyderabad on Sunday afternoon after which Ernakulam (North) Police Station have taken him in custody. Police added: “A case against Akbar regarding promoting enmity had been registered. He was arrested in that connection.”
Earlier in October 2016, cops had registered a case against Akbar’s school after they found offensive themes in Class 3 students’ textbooks. An FIR under Section 153 A of the IPC was filed against Akbar and the publishers of the textbooks.
K Lalji, assistant commissioner Kochi Police, who are investigating the case, said police had earlier arrested three people associated with the publishers. However, they are now out on bail. Akbar had left the country after cops arrested the representatives of the publishing house.
The Peace Education Foundation currently runs 13 CBSE affiliated schools and it has been under the scanner after 24 Kerala youths went missing, allegedly to join Islamic State in June 2016.