New Delhi: Hindu right-wing member Yati Narsinghanand along with others was booked for hate speeches made at a “Hindu Mahapanchayat” that “50 per cent of Hindus will convert” in 20 years if a Muslim becomes the prime minister of the country.
Addressing a Hindu Mahapanchayat in Delhi on Sunday, Narsinghanand purportedly said that 50 per cent of Hindus would be converted, 40 per cent killed and ten per cent exiled if a Muslim was to become the prime minister of India.
Following his controversial speech, an FIR under sections 153A [Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language…] and 188 of the Indian Penal Code was filed by the Delhi Police.
Earlier, Yati Narsinghanand, a Dasna temple priest in Ghaziabad known for his hate-spewing remarks against Muslims, was arrested for making a provocative speech against Muslims at a Dharam Sansad in Haridwar in December 2021. He was later granted bail.
During his speech in Haridwar, Narsinghanand targeted Muslims and urged Hindus to take up weapons against them. “Swords look good on stage only. This battle will be won by those with better weapons,” the spiteful Yati had said.
In a statement, the Delhi Police said a request letter seeking permission for organising the event was received in the North-West district from Preet Singh, president, Save India Foundation. Singh is a resident of outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri.
“The request was denied on the ground that the organiser had no permission from the land-owning agency — Delhi Development Authority — for organising this sabha at the Burari ground. Despite the denial by Delhi Police, on Sunday, organiser Preet Singh reached the Burari ground with his supporters in the morning and started organising the Hindu Mahapanchayat Sabha. Around 700-800 people gathered at the event place and the invitees of the organiser started delivering speeches from the stage,” the statement said.
A police team reached the venue of the event. Some of the speakers, including Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, the head priest of the Dasna Devi temple, and Suresh Chauhanke, chief editor of Sudarshan News, uttered words promoting disharmony, feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between two communities.
Accordingly, a case under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc. and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Mukherjee Nagar police station.
The second FIR was registered on a complaint received from two journalists of a news portal, police said. “In their complaint, they alleged that at around 1.30 pm, when they were rushing towards the exit, they were manhandled and assaulted by a group of people who also tried to snatch their mobile phones and I-cards,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Usha Rangnani said, adding that they refused to undergo a medical test.
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