Hindus clad in saffron on 21 August staged demonstrations, torched effigies of Pakistan, and demanded tough action by the police against those people who had raised pro-Pakistan slogans in Madhya Pradesh”s Ujjain city during an event on the occasion of Muharram two days back.
Activists of organisations representing Hindus staged protests at three crossings in the city and burnt effigies of Pakistani leaders. Besides, different organisations gave the police ten memoranda, seeking strict action against the people who had raised “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans, a senior cop said.
Sirf News received footage of the protest led by the Hindu Mahasabha, but there seemed to be an audio-video mismatch in the clip.
Meanwhile, police arrested three more individuals for sloganeering, taking the number of people arrested so far to ten, Ujjain Superintendent of Police Satyendra Shukla said.
The cops arrested seven people between last Thursday and Friday. A court remanded them to judicial custody while the rest three are in police custody, Shukla said.
Reacting to the incident on Friday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said his government would not tolerate a “Taliban-like” mindset.
According to police, pro-Pakistan slogans were raised during an event on the occasion of Muharram in Ujjain”s Geeta Colony on Thursday night.
When asked if the sloganeering was a reaction to the district administration’s decision to ban all public processions in view of the coronavirus pandemic, Ujjain police denied any such link.
Police had booked over a dozen people under Sections 124 (a) (sedition) and 153 (provocation which can cause riot) of the Indian Penal Code.
“We have identified 16 persons who raised the slogans. Efforts are on to identify others,” Shukla said.
Chief Minister Chouhan had said the government had taken a tough stand on the Ujjain incident. “Arrests have been made. This Taliban mentality will not be tolerated at any cost. All necessary steps will be taken. Indians are patriots, barring exceptions. But those who support the Taliban mentality or indulge in anti-national activities will be crushed,” he had said.