Haridwar: Following the genocide calls against Muslims by the Hindu right-wing members in Haridwar last month, Uttarakhand police have arrested Jitendra Narayan Tyagi alias Wasim Rizvi who also participated in the hate-speech conclave.
Former chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board and a Hindutva supporter Syed Waseem Rizvi converted to Hinduism months ago.
Following the huge outrage against the Islamophobic event, the police had registered a case against Tyagi and others under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, etc) in Haridwar police station.
As per a report by Maktoob media, others who were booked were Dasna temple priest Yati Narsinghanand, Hindu Mahasabha general secretary Annapurna, Sindhu Sagar, Dharamdas, Parmananda, Anand Swaroop, Ashwini Upadhyay, Suresh Chahwan, and Prabodhanand Giri.
The arrest comes a d day after the Supreme Court issued notice to the Uttarakhand government in a petition seeking an independent inquiry into the anti-Muslim hate speech at the ‘Dharam Sansad’ in Haridwar and Delhi in December last year.
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana allowed the petitioners to approach local authorities with their plea to stop a similar event.
Several Hindu priests were caught on record giving genocidal calls against Muslims during the day event attended by dozens of people. Open calls for the killing of Muslims to establish a Hindu Rashtra were made at the event.
The Haridwar event was organized by Yati Narsinghanand and the other in Delhi by ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’. Yati Narsinghanand, facing several FIRs in UP, called for a “war against Muslims” and urged “Hindus to take up weapons.”