New Delhi: Police in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit town registered a case against more than 100 people after they staged a protest over ”insulting” remarks made by Hindu priest Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati against Prophet Muhammad, Inquilab, a renowned Urdu newspaper reported.
The protestors have been accused of violating social distancing norms and section 144 that has been imposed in the area on account of Panchayat elections. A case under sections 188 and 269 has been lodged on the basis of information provided by police constable Rajiv Chouhan.
Sunni Ulama Council General Secretary Hafiz Noor Ahmad Azhari condemned the development. He said that nowadays large gatherings are witnessed outside the local Block Development Office due to elections but the police do not take note of that. ”However, they could see the gathering of Muslims who had come out of their houses to peacefully demand action against a terrorist [Saraswati],” he added.
He added that they will respond to the police action in a legal and democratic way.
Saraswati, who heads Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad, used abusive language against Prophet Muhammad at a press conference held at the Press Club of India. He has reiterated the same and endorsed violence against Muslims on several occasions as well.
Amid growing outrage over his remarks, the Delhi Police on Saturday lodged an FIR under sections 153-A & 295-A of IPC against him. More FIRs have been lodged at several police stations in others states too.