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VHP man on Urdu weekly’s cover, Muslim vendor held

Shahid Mohammed, a resident of old Bhopal, had sold about a dozen copies of Nai Duniya and also pasted one issue in his shop.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal |
August 8, 2016 2:58:41 am

A Muslim vendor was arrested Sunday for hurting sentiments of Hindus by selling copies of a New Delhi-based Urdu weekly that had on its cover the photo of a right-wing activist from Bhopal brandishing a sword.

Shahid Mohammed, a resident of old Bhopal, had sold about a dozen copies of Nai Duniya and also pasted one issue in his shop. Kamlesh Thakur, a local VHP leader, said it was his photo and approached police with his supporters who said the depiction of a Hindu as a terrorist had hurt their feelings.

SP (North) Arvind Saxena said a case under Section 295 A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) of the IPC was lodged against the vendor. He said police convinced Muslim community leaders that they had arrested people for even social media posts.

The caption accompanying the photo loosely translated as “this man will set Uttar Pradesh on fire”. The vendor was called to a police station for questioning after the complaint was lodged. The complainant argued that he had nothing to do with UP and had been projected as a terrorist.

The police justified the action against the vendor on the ground that sale and display of the weekly had caused communal tension. They said they were yet to decide on action against the publisher and editor of Nai Duniya.

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