BJP Leader And 4 Others Arrested For Chanting Anti-Muslim Slogans At Jantar Mantar; Others Detained.

On Monday, Delhi Police finally made some arrests after detaining Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Supreme Court lawyer, Ashwini Upadhyay, Deepak Singh Hindu, Vineet Kranti, Vinod Sharma and the director of’ Save India foundation’, Preet Singh for one night, allegedly for organizing the rally in which anti- Muslim slogans were raised. Some slogans in the form of death- threats were raised in the rally, demanding a uniform civil code.

Others, such as TV actor and BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan, have not been attested yet although their presence in the rally was witnessed by many. However, upon being arrested, Upadhyay denied all allegations. According to him, the alleged protest was organized by Save India Foundation against outdated colonial laws and he was merely a guest.

"I don't have any relation with Save India Foundation Trust. I was a guest like Mr RVS Mani, Mr Firoz Bakht Ahmed, Mr Gajendra Chauhan. We reached at around 11:00 and left at 12:00. I never met these miscreants," said he.

The arrests are made in relation to a rally at Jantar Mantar, on Sunday where the protesters were heard chanting anti-Muslim slogans. In spite of the leaked videos on social media clearly revealing the face of the protesters, FIR was registered against “unknown persons” and thereby no arrests were made by the Delhi Police. In the videos, people, irrespective of their religious belief, was abused to chant “Ram- ram” and on their refusal, they were stamped as “jihadis”. "Hindustan mein rehna hoga toh jai shri ram kehna hoga (To live in India, one must say Jai Shri Ram)," the group was seen shouting barely a km from parliament where the opposition was protesting against the centre.

The protesters claimed to have police permission although the police refused any such claim. In either case, covid protocols were clearly not followed, as the videos show.

The National Commission for Minorities on Monday took sue moto cognizance and issued a notice to Delhi’s deputy commissioner of police under the directions of the NCM vice-chairman, Atif Rasheed and his panel. The commissioner of police has been directed to report to the commission today to provide the details of the case.

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