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‘Anti-prophet remark’: UP Govt invokes NSA against Kamlesh Tiwari, family to move Allahabad high court

Kamlesh (43) is lodged at Lucknow District Jail since his arrest on December 2 last year.

THE UTTAR Pradesh Advisory Board has approved invoking National Security Act (NSA) against self-proclaimed working president of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM), Kamlesh Tiwari, the man whose alleged derogatory statements against Prophet Muhammad had created huge uproar and resulted in massive protests by Muslims across the country.

Kamlesh (43) is lodged at Lucknow District Jail since his arrest on December 2 last year.

Principal Secretary (Home) Debasish Panda confirmed the invoking of NSA on December 2 last year. The police, however, are yet to file the chargesheet.
Kamlesh’s family, meanwhile, has decided to approach the High Court against the board’s decision, said his wife Kiran, who claimed that her husband’s statement was “in reaction to the statement made by minority affairs minister Azam Khan in November”.

Kamlesh, on November 30, had issued a press statement slamming Azam for his comment against the RSS and also allegedly made objectionable remarks against the Prophet. Two days later, he again posted inflammatory comments on Facebook while reacting to protests by Muslims on his statement. On December 1, a Hindi daily, published from Lucknow, carried a report on his statement. Soon after, the first major protest took place in Deoband and later spread to other parts of the country, including West Bengal, Bengaluru and Delhi.

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The following day, police registered a case against Kamlesh under IPC Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between groups on ground of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and arrested him. The FIR said a statement issued by “ABHM working president Tiwari caused tension and led to protests by a community.”

First published on: 01-02-2016 at 00:22 IST
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