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Out of jail after Centre revoked NSA, Bajrang Dal leader booked for raising provocative slogans

On June 25 last year, Premi and his associates had caught one Mohammad Riyaz, 42, alleging that he had stolen a calf from a cow shed in Adarsh Mandi area and was carrying it for slaughtering.

POLICE HAVE have booked the district convenor of Bajrang Dal in Shamli for raising provocative slogans while taking out a bike rally in a Muslim-dominated area Sunday night.

The FIR against Vivek Premi comes three months after the Bajrang Dal leader was released on bail when Centre revoked the stringent National Security Act (NSA) slapped against him by the state government for allegedly blackening the face of a Muslim man and parading him for stealing a calf in the district last year.

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Apart from Premi, his 13 associates and 10 unidentified persons too have been booked under IPC section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) for taking out the motorcycle rally through Muslim-dominated Rajowala locality without permission and raising provocative slogans, SHO, City Kotwali police station, RB Singh said. No one has been arrested so far, the SHO added.

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A group of people from the minority community, led by Dr Mubarak Ali, general secretary of Rashtriya Lok Dal’s district unit, Monday met Shamli’s chief development officer (CDO) V K Singh and submitted a memorandum requesting that Premi and others be arrested.

“This is the first time when around 100 people from Hindu community took out a bike rally in the Muslim-dominated area. They raised provocative slogans outside three mosques in the area. We demand that action should be taken against Premi and others because they tried to create communal tension in the area,” Mubarak Ali said, adding that the area where rally was taken out had witnessed riots in 2013.

Contacted, CDO V K Singh confirmed that the delegation from Muslim community had met him and requested for police security to maintain peace in the area.

On June 25 last year, Premi and his associates had caught one Mohammad Riyaz, 42, alleging that he had stolen a calf from a cow shed in Adarsh Mandi area and was carrying it for slaughtering. They thrashed him, blackened his face and then paraded him through a market in Shamli. Riyaz was later handed over to police. A local court later sent Riyaz to jail on charges of theft and under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

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After a video purportedly showing the Premi beating up the man went viral on social media, police lodged an FIR against him and five other Bajrang Dal activists —- four days after Riyaz was sent to jail. Premi was arrested on charges of rioting, voluntarily causing hurt, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace and promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion. The other accused were also arrested.

On July 10, the Shamli district administration invoked NSA against Premi, which was approved by the state government on July 16. The UP Advisory Board, which takes the final call on confirmation or removal of NSA, gave its approval on August 21. Premi then sent a representation to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), requesting that his detention under NSA be revoked. The MHA on December 31, via radiogram, conveyed the order of revoking of NSA. Premi was later released from Muzaffarnagar district jail in January this year.

First published on: 12-04-2016 at 02:42 IST
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