Umaid Pehalwan was arrested on June 19 on charges of ‘creating communal disharmony’
NEW DELHI — Uttar Pradesh Police is planning to slap National Security Act (NSA) against Samajwadi Party worker Umaid Pehelwan Idrisi who is in jail for highlighting a case of assault on an elderly Muslim man in Ghaziabad earlier this month.
“We are in the process of recommending (to the Uttar Pradesh government) the NSA against him. The formalities would be completed today,” Senior Superintendent of Police in Ghaziabad Amit Pathak was quoted by news agency PTI on Monday.
Pehalwan was arrested on June 19 following an FIR in Loni Border Police Station accusing him of “creating communal disharmony” by sharing an “unnecessary video” on social media in which the victim Abdul Samad Sufi described how he was attacked and forced to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’.
According to Indian Express, Idrisi was booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 153A (promoting enmity between groups on ground of religion, class, etc.), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 505 (public mischief).
Later, a case was also filed against Pehalwan in Bulandshahr for holding a gathering which the police said violated the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
Now, if NSA is invoked against Pehelwan, he may be kept in jail for one year subject to review by the High Court after every three months.
The police have also filed a case against three journalists, three Congress leaders, The Wire news portal and Twitter for sharing Samad’s video.
The FIR alleged that the victim Samad made fake claims as police ruled out communal angle. They said the investigation found he was attacked by six men as they were unhappy over amulets he had sold to them. The family refuted the claims saying that Abdul Samad does not practice selling amulets.