Peace International School director remanded to police custody

A court in Kochi remanded to police custody Peace International school Director M.M Akbar, arrested in connection with a case of allegedly spreading animosity among religious communities.

Akbar was detained by intelligence bureau officials when he arrived at Hyderabad airport on Sunday for onward journey abroad and was handed over to Kerala police, sources said, adding, there was a lookout notice issued against him.

He was brought to Kochi and was produced before the First Class Judicial Magistrate court which remanded him to police custody till March 3.

The case against him was that the school run by the organisation used textbooks with contents that went against the country’s secular fabric.

The state government had in January ordered the closure of the school at Kochi.

The government order for the school’s closure under the Right to Education Act, had said it was highly necessary to stop the operation of such institutions “to prevent the Muslims from joining IS (Islamic State) activities.”

The order said enquiries revealed that the textbooks at the Peace International school were aimed at propagation of ideas contradicting the country’s secular policy besides trying to spread propaganda against its policies.

The school at Thammanam in Ernakulam came under the scanner in October 2016 after the district educational officer filed a complaint against it on the contents of the textbooks.

Akbar was made an accused in the ‘controversial textbook case’ in 2016 and has been abroad since then, police said.