A video allegedly from a march held at Jantar Mantar in the heart of Delhi on Sunday has gone viral over egregiously communal slogans raised at the event that the police say was held without permission.
The march was reportedly organised by Supreme Court lawyer and former Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwani Upadhyay. He says he is not aware of the video; only five or six were shouting slogans, he said, adding that such slogans should not have been raised.
In a video that is in circulation on social media, slogans threatening Muslims can be heard amid chants of “Ram, Ram“.
“Hindustan mein rehna hoga, Jai Shri Ram kehna hoga (To stay in India, must say Jai Shri Ram),” shout members at the rally held at one of the most prominent protest sites in the nation, just a few kilometres from parliament and top government offices.
The Delhi Police has filed a case and is trying to identify those in the video.
The slogans were shouted in the presence of Narsinghanand Saraswati, a priest notorious for hate speeches.
The march, dubbed “Colonial Laws and Make Uniform Laws” was organised in protest against old colonial-era laws.
The police say the event had not been allowed on account of Covid rules. “People who had gathered there had no permission. It has come to our notice that some people raised inciting and objectionable slogans. We also received a video. Necessary action will be taken,” said senior police officer Deepak Yadav.
The incident was raised in parliament today by AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
Mr Owaisi said in the Lok Sabha that “genocidal slogans” were raised against Muslims and no action has been taken against the participants.
The Hyderabad MP targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said such slogans were raised at Jantar Mantar, which is 20 minutes away from the PM’s residence.
“After all, what is the secret of the growing courage of these hooligans? They know that the Modi government stands with them. On July 24, the Central government under National Security Act (NSA) had given the Delhi Police the right to detain any person. Yet the Delhi Police is quietly watching the spectacle,” Mr Owaisi said.
He also cited a Mahapanchayat or large public gathering held on Sunday in Dwarka on Delhi’s outskirts to protest against the construction of a Haj house in the area. Videos from the event showed the protesters making communally provocative comments and threatening violence.
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