Nilambur: Four activists of the Democratic Youth federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of the CPM, were arrested on Monday for raising provocative slogans at a protest march recently.
DYFI local leader Shafeeq and three others were arrested by the Edakkara police based on a complaint by the Indian Union Muslim League.
The arrested were released on station bail, SHO Manoj Parayatta said.
The Youth Congress and the Youth League had staged a protest in the morning seeking the arrest of the DYFI members.
The DYFI activists landed in trouble after a video of a protest march taken out by them on Thursday went viral on Saturday. In the video, the protesters were heard raising threatening slogans.
The content of the slogan was that the weapon used to murder Shukoor has not been dumped or rusted. It was a clear reference to the murder of Youth League activist Ariyil Shukoor. The slogan put the DYFI leadership in the dock as the CPM has been maintaining that the party had no role in the 22-year-old youth's murder.
A rough translation of the slogan goes like, "The golden sword that was used to slice Shukoor has not been thrown into the Arabian sea".
Shukoor was murdered in 2012. Former CPM state secretary and senior leader P Jayarajan and T V Rajesh MLA are accused in the case being probed by CBI.
The Kannur native youth was found to be murdered hours after he reportedly blocked and attacked a vehicle in which Jayarajan and T V Rajesh MLA were travelling. Both Jayarajan and Rajesh are accused to have conspired to murder the youth. The trial of the case is ongoing.
The DYFI staged the protest march following clashes going on between activists of the DYFI and Youth Congress at Moothedam, Edakkar, for a week. Around 20 activists took part in the DYFI's march.
Action against Shafeeq
The DYFI Malappuram district committee said Shafeeq has been removed from the charges of the organisation. The DYFI had on Sunday distanced itself from the slogans saying its content was against the outfit's stances.