BJP CORPORATOR and the party’s Braj region unit vice-president, Kundanika Sharma, was on Monday arrested in Agra in a case of alleged hate speech given at a condolence meeting for murdered VHP district vice-president, on February 28. She was later before the court, which gave her interim bail till April 2.
In the February 28 meeting held by RSS and VHP leaders, Muslims were allegedly equated to “demons” and “descendants of Ravana”, and warned of a “final battle.” Sharma and two others — VHP’s Agra district general secretary Ashok Lavaniya and one Shashank Chowdhary — were named in an FIR registered on charges of hurting religious feelings and promoting enmity at Loha Mandi police station in Agra on March 2. It was lodged by Sub-Inspector Anil Kumar of Loha Mandi police station.
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On March 12, Agra Police had obtained NBWs against the accused after they reportedly could not be traced.
“We arrested Kundanika Sharma from near her house at Kamla Nagar locality this morning… While hundreds of Sharma’s supporters gathered outside the court after she was brought there, no protest or sloganeering took place,” Loha Mandi Station House Officer Harendra Pal Singh said, adding efforts are being made to arrest other two accused.
Sharma, Lavaniya and Chowdhary, along with a few unidentified persons, were booked under IPC Sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony).