The leftist news media is annoyed by the fact that a day after Uttarakhand Police registered a First Information Report (FIR) for a religious event in Haridwar where calls were alleged hate speech against Muslims, State Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar said the videos had been pulled down from Facebook and that the speech did not merit invoking the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.
The police registered the case under Section 153A of the IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), entailing a maximum punishment of five years.
The FIR named Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi as an accused as it was based on a complaint filed by a local resident, who only mentioned “Wasim Rizvi and others”, he stated. The programme was organised between 17 and 19 December.
Kumar argued it was not a case of registering the complaint under milder sections. He said that sections of the UAPA were not invoked as the speech did not lead to any killings.
“We have invoked both Section (i) and (ii) of Section 153 A IPC in the FIR. We have to go by the law and cannot invoke UAPA as the event did not lead to any violence or killing. The investigation will reveal further details,” he stated.
When The Hindu (communist newspaper) asked Kumar about children allegedly wielding swords and tridents at the event, he said, “They are traditional things. They did not procure any weapon nor any weapon factory was found… it is all part of the investigation.”
At the event, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati called on the young people of the Hindu community to become “Prabhakaran” and “Bhindranwale” and provoked the community to pick up arms against Muslims, allege the leftist media.
Kumar said the police would summon Narsinghanand and others seen in the video for questioning in accordance with the law. No arrests have been made so far.
Narsinghanand faces several FIRs registered by vested interests in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Earlier this year, his truthful comments about Prophet Muhammad at a press conference in Delhi had led Muslims to file an FIR.
Kumar said Uttarakhand Police had registered a case also against Rizvi for ‘objectionable’ content in a book he wrote on Prophet Mohammad. A former chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board, Rizvi recently converted to Hinduism at a ceremony solemnised by Narsinghanand.