Uttarakhand: One of the Hindu right-wing members Yati Narsinghanand, who was also part of hate speeches when genocide calls were made against Muslims in Haridwar, has threatened the police officers in Uttarakhand after they came to arrest Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi alias Waseem Rizvi.
“Tum sab maroge (You will all die)” Narsinghanand told police officers when co-accused Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi was arrested yesterday.
Jitendra Tyagi, who was Waseem Rizvi before he converted, is the first accused to be arrested in the hate speech case in which provocative remarks were made against Muslims at a “Dharma Sansad”.
Uttarakhand Police have summoned Yati Narsinghanand and another accused, Sadhvi Annapurna. In a video circulating on social media, police officers are seen requesting Narsinghanand to cooperate as they take Jitendra Tyagi into custody.
Seated in a car, he is seen asking the officers why Tyagi was being arrested. The officers explain that they have to make the arrest in connection with the cases filed against him.
“I am with him in all the three cases. Did he do it alone?” Narsinghanand asks. The officers are seen asking him to get out of the car so they can proceed, but Narsinghanand appears adamant.
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.
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 right-wing members 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.”