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Haridwar Dharam Sansad: Police make first arrest in hate speech FIR

THREE WEEKS after registering an FIR in reference to hate speeches concentrating on Muslims made on the Haridwar ‘Dharam Sansad’, Uttarakhand Police on Thursday made the primary arrest within the case.

Waseem Rizvi, who lately transformed to Hinduism and adjusted his identify to Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, was arrested from Narsan border following a tip-off from an informant, the police mentioned.

The arrest got here a day after Supreme Courtroom issued notices to the Centre, Delhi Police and Uttarakhand authorities on a PIL in search of a probe into hate speeches by individuals at two separate occasions – one in Haridwar which was organised by Yati Narsinghanand and the opposite in Delhi which was organised by Hindu Yuva Vahini – in December.

The plea acknowledged that no efficient step had been taken by the police authorities though two FIRs had been registered in opposition to individuals who took half within the Haridwar Dharam Sansad.

Tyagi and Yati Narsinghanand had been amongst 5 individuals named within the first FIR, which was registered on December 23 at Haridwar Kotwali police station on the criticism of 1 Gulbahar Khan. Different audio system named within the FIR had been Dharamdas Maharaj, Annapurna Maa and Sagar Sindhuraj Maharaj. The FIR was registered beneath IPC Sections 153A (selling enmity between completely different teams and acts prejudicial to concord) and 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts meant to outrage spiritual emotions).

One other FIR was registered on January 2, invoking related IPC provisions, on the criticism of a social employee, Nadeem Ali, in opposition to Tyagi and a few unidentified individuals for making hate speeches on the Haridwar occasion and persevering with to take action within the days that adopted.

Haridwar police in a press release on Thursday mentioned Tyagi was arrested in reference to the second FIR.

“An FIR was registered in opposition to Tyagi and others on the criticism of Nadeem Ali for objectionable feedback on social media in opposition to the Muslim group. After discovering sufficient evidences of Sections 153 A, 295 A and 298 IPC in opposition to Tyagi throughout investigation, he was arrested on Thursday. He’s being introduced earlier than a court docket,” the assertion mentioned.

Yati Narsinghanand, who was accompanying Tyagi when the arrest was made, sat on indefinite starvation strike at Sarvanand Ghat in Haridwar. He claimed that though he provided to be arrested together with Tyagi, the police let him go.

Naringhanand and Tyagi had been on the best way to Haridwar from Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad when the arrest was made.

“They’ve arrested Jitendra Narayan Tyagi. That is injustice and I’ve sat on protest at Sarvanand Ghat in Haridwar in opposition to this injustice, and won’t eat meals or drink water till he’s launched,” he instructed The Indian The Press Reporter.

“I used to be with Tyagi when he was arrested, however the police didn’t take me. He was arrested as a result of he was as soon as a Muslim who transformed to Hinduism. That is in order that no different Muslim converts to Hinduism,” mentioned Narsinghanand, claiming that he provided to be arrested as he too is an accused.

“We may even take authorized methods to get Tyagi out of jail. If the step was taken as a consequence of Supreme Courtroom, we’ll handle that too. If wanted, we’ll protest in entrance of Supreme Courtroom too,” he mentioned.

Sources near Narsinghanand claimed that a number of the others named within the FIRs had been additionally current with them.

Earlier this month, accusing the Uttarakhand authorities of working beneath strain and of being petrified of “jihadis”, the organisers of the Haridwar Dharam Sansad introduced a protest meet on January 16 in opposition to the FIRs and formation of a Particular Investigation Crew in probe into the matter.

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