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Jantar Mantar protest: Delhi Police lodge FIR for ‘inflammatory slogans’

Jantar Mantar Delhi protest: The rally had hundreds of people in attendance, the police said. Purported videos of the event showed people shouting slogans threatening harm to Muslims.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi |
Updated: August 9, 2021 5:10:57 pm
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The Delhi Police have registered an FIR under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), against the unknown persons a day after “inflammatory, anti-Muslim slogans” were allegedly raised at Jantar Mantar on Sunday during a march “against Colonial-era laws” in the country.

The Delhi Police said organisers had no permission for the rally and they have also added Sections of 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 51 for violation of DDMA Act pertaining to violation of COVID guidelines.

The rally was called by Supreme Court lawyer and former Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay. On Monday morning, Upadhyay sent a text message to the Delhi Police, saying some people had tried to malign his event, and he left the venue when the event ended at 12.15 pm.

DCP (New Delhi district) Deepak Yadav said, “A case has been registered under relevant sections of law. The investigation is in progress.”

The rally had hundreds of people in attendance, police officials said. Purported videos of the event showed people shouting slogans threatening harm to Muslims. “There was a protest against colonial laws used to suppress Indians by the British, which still exist. We were there to protest against those laws and for a Uniform Civil Code because our demand was that there should be one rule in one country,” said Shipra Srivastava, media in-charge of Bharat Jodo Movement said Sunday. “There was no such (inflammatory) slogan in my knowledge… there were 5,000 people and if five-six people in some corner would be shouting such slogans, then we would disassociate ourselves from them,” she claimed.

A senior police officer from the Intelligence Wing said Delhi Police’s Special Branch had informed the New Delhi district police about the event and that people were likely to turn up in large numbers.

Upadhyay, meanwhile, tried to disassociate himself from the sloganeering and filed a complaint with the police. “I request the police to investigate the authenticity of the video, the place, and timing when it was made and if the videos are authentic then there should be strict action against people involved in it,” he wrote. He has also demanded that there should be criminal defamation cases registered against people who have shared the video using his name.

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