The Uttarakhand Police on Thursday arrested Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, the previous Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman who till final month glided by the identify Waseem Rizvi, in reference to hate speeches made at a three-day-long Dharam Sansad held in Haridwar on December 17-19.
That is the primary arrest within the case registered on December 23 after public uproar as movies of the occasion had been broadly circulated on social media and comes a day after the Supreme Courtroom sought a response from the state authorities on what it had achieved concerning the alleged hate speeches made on the Dharam Sansad (spiritual parliament).
Station home officer of the Haridwar police station, Rakendra Kathait, mentioned Tyagi was arrested from the Narsain space on the border of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Each states go to the polls subsequent month, and identification is anticipated to be a key concern within the two elections.
“Tyagi was booked under IPC Section 153 A at Haridwar police station last month on the complaint of a Jwalapur resident on charges of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion during the Dharam Sansad,” he mentioned, including that three instances have been filed in opposition to Tyagi.
“He has been making repeated offences so police arrested him. Other accused have been served notices. Requisite legal process is on in the ongoing probe,” mentioned senior superintendent of Haridwar, Yogendra Singh Rawat.
IPC Part 153A offers with Selling enmity between totally different teams on grounds of faith, race, place of origin, residence, language, and so on., and doing acts prejudicial to upkeep of concord.
Yati Narsinghanand, the organiser of the occasion, who was with Tyagi on the time of his arrest, condemned the motion by the police, and mentioned it will made seers realise a bigger “hidden agenda” to weaken the Sanatan Dharma (historic Hindu religion).
Narsinghanand is the Mahamandaleshwar (sect chief) of the influential Juna Akhada, and one of many 5 accused named within the FIR. He additionally mentioned that he’ll sit on a quick at Haridraw’s iconic Har Ki Pauri, from January 14 to protest in opposition to Tyagi’s arrest.
“Wasim Rizvi converted to Hinduism despite knowing well the consequences from Muslim clerics and fundamentalists. So, it is now our responsibility to save and protect him,” Narsinghanand mentioned.
Quickly after the occasion which ended on December 19, movies of objectionable speeches made had gone viral on social media. Individuals known as for violence in opposition to spiritual minorities complete one of many audio system mentioned he wished to shoot former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
On Wednesday, a particular investigation group (SIT) fashioned by the Uttarakhand Police to probe the Dharam Sansad hate speech case recorded the statements of two of the 5 named accused, together with Tyagi, and no less than 12 “witnesses”. This improvement got here hours after the Supreme Courtroom issued a discover to the state authorities searching for a solution on the motion taken by it whereas listening to a public curiosity litigation (PIL) that contended not sufficient was being achieved to convey the accused to guide.
“The SIT in its ongoing investigation of the case has so far questioned two of the five named accused — Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, formerly Waseem Rizvi and Annapurna Maa,” one of many officers within the SIT mentioned on situation of anonymity. “Their statements were recorded on Wednesday. Apart from this, SIT also recorded the statements of 12 more people as witness in the case including the complainants of the case. Police will soon question the other three remaining accused.”
Superintendent of police, Dehradun (rural), Kamlesh Upadhyay, who’s heading the SIT, mentioned: “Police are taking all necessary actions in its probe as per law. Under that, it has recorded statements of two named accused and some witnesses.”
The primary data report, filed by the police on December 23, initially listed just one accused, Tyagi.
On December 25, names of Pooja Shakun Pandey alias Annapurna Maa, and Dharamdas Maharaj, a common secretary of the Hindu Mahasabha, had been added. On January 1, police added the names of occasion organiser Narsinghanand and Sagar Sindhu Maharaj. One other case was registered on the next day in opposition to Tyagi over the identical incident.
A second case was additionally lodged in opposition to Narsinghanand at a Haridwar police station on costs of insulting spiritual beliefs, and making derogatory remarks about ladies. The grievance was filed by a third-year legislation scholar Ruchika (who goes by her first identify), police mentioned.
“The case against Swami Yati Narsinghanand has been registered under Section 295 (a) (insulting a religion with deliberate and malicious acts) and 509 (intending to insult the modesty of a woman). We are probing the matter and checking the video footage which the complainant has related to,” mentioned the station home workplace of town police station, Rakendra Kathait.
Narsinghanand, who relies at Dasna Temple in Ghaziabad, mentioned that he didn’t say something that offended or insulted ladies. “I have no clue to which statement the said complainant has referred to. I don’t say anything derogatory to women, I will check it as I return to Haridwar. I have always been vocal about Sanatan Dharma and making India a Vedic nation,” he mentioned.