'If a Muslim becomes PM...': Narsinghanand booked for hate speech
The Delhi Police have booked religious leader Yati Narsinghanand for alleged hate speeches at a 'Hindu Mahapanchayat' on Sunday. He had said if a Muslim becomes prime minister of India, 50% of Hindus will be converted, 40% will be killed, and 10% will be exiled in the next 20 years. Narsinghanand is accused of inciting communal violence in Haridwar and is currently on bail.
Narsinganand urges Hindus to take up arms
Addressing the mahapanchayat, which the Delhi administration had not approved, he urged Hindus to pick up weapons and fight for their survival. Preet Singh of the Save India Foundation organized the mahapanchayat and it was attended by 700-800 people. This is the same group that earlier held a similar event at the national capital's Jantar Mantar, in which anti-Muslim slogans were raised.
'We got Ram Janmabhoomi not by begging': Narsinghanand
Narsinghanand allegedly claimed that Hindus should stop 'begging' for their rights. "For long I have seen Hindus begging for their demands to be fulfilled. But I have not seen even a single demand of any Hindu being met. We got Ram Janmabhoomi not by begging but through the court's intervention, so stop being a beggar," he was heard saying in a video clip.
Who else made hate speech?
During the mahapanchayat, some of the speakers, including Narsinghanand and Sudarshan News chief editor Suresh Chauhanke, uttered words that promoted disharmony, feelings of enmity, hatred, or ill-will between two communities.
Journalists assaulted at the event
A mob allegedly manhandled two journalists at the mahapanchayat, when they were rushing towards the exit. The mob also tried to snatch their mobile phones and I-cards, as per reports. Another journalist alleged that he was assaulted by some people when he and two other journalists were interviewing a man. The police had to intervene and ensure their safety.
FIRs registered, no arrests have been made: Delhi Police
According to Delhi police, three FIRs have been filed in connection with the event. One FIR was filed in connection with the alleged hate speech, while the other two were filed in response to complaints received from journalists who were assaulted at the event. As per the police, all cases are being investigated and no arrests have been made.