Kochi school charged with promoting communal enmity

Sources said the Education Department has found that the teaching staff in certain classes have been promoting communal enmity.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:October 9, 2016 3:35 am

A SCHOOL in Kochi has been charged with promoting communal enmity. Police have lodged a case against Peace International School based on a report submitted by the district educational officer of Ernakulam. The Peace Educational Foundation (PEF), which runs 13 CBSE schools, has been under the lens ever since 21 missing Kerala youths were reported to have joined the IS.

Prominent among the missing, Abdul Rasheed of Kasaragod, had been a lead trainer at the school. Rasheed’s wives Aysha and Yasimin Ahmed had also worked at various schools under PEF. Ahmed was nabbed at Delhi airport, when she was travelling to Kabul, allegedly to join the IS.

Police said they have lodged a case against the school’s principal, its administrator and trustees under Section 153(A) of the IPC, which deals with promoting enmity among different groups on grounds of religion, race or language. Police said the FIR has not named any person in particular.

Sources said the Education Department has found that the teaching staff in certain classes have been promoting communal enmity. Although police have not mentioned the names of members of the trust, PEF spokesman Muhammed Amir said businessmen Noor Shah, Siraj Mather and Babu Moopen were the members. “We haven’t received any communication from the police regarding the case yet,” he stated.

Suspecting that the ulterior motive was to destroy an educational venture promoted by the Muslim community, Amir said, “Around 60 per cent of the teachers are non-Muslims. There are non-Muslim students, too, in our schools. Neither these teachers nor the parents have found anything communal in our syllabus.”