The Kochi police arrested three individuals from Navi Mumbai on Friday for their alleged role in incorporating objectionable content in the syllabus taught at Peace International School. All three were produced before a court in Ernakulam on Saturday.
Dawood Vaid, Sahil Saed and Sameed Ahmed, all residents of Navi Mumbai were reportedly in charge of the printing, publishing and distribution of the books which had created a furore over propagating objectionable content.
The books being taught at M M Akbar's Peace International School reportedly contained contents that could create communal disharmony. The school was also in the limelight after a Kerala woman who took classes there left to be part of the Islamic State. M M Akbar has time and again denied any knowledge about the contents in the books. The police is likely to question M M Akbar next in the case. It was earlier suspected that the syllabus was drafted by those close to controversial Islamic hardliner Zakir Naik.
The police had earlier registered a case under IPC Section 153 A-promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony and IPC section 34- acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention, against the school Principal, administrator, and three trustees.
The police had said Islamic curriculum was being followed in the school and students were being exhorted to lay down their lives for Islam.