The police have taken action in the name of violating social distancing norms under Covid-19 protocol and Section 144
NEW DELHI – The Uttar Pradesh Police in Pilibhit town has booked more than 100 Muslims for protesting against blasphemous remarks of Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati against Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
According to Inquilaab Urdu daily, the protestors have been accused of violating social distancing norms under Covid-19 protocol and Section 144 that has been imposed in view of Panchayat election. The police invoked sections 188 and 269 of the Indian penal Code against the protestors following information provided by constable Rajiv Chouhan.
Narsinghanand, who is infamous for his hate speeches, had abused the Prophet during a press conference at the Press Club of India. His remarks triggered anger among the Muslim community who demanded strict police action following which a string of cases have been filed against the controversial priest. The FIRs are being filed under sections 153-A & 295-A of IPC.
Protests against Narsinghanand were also witnessed on Tuesday in Kanpur where Muslims in hundreds gathered at the city square and raised slogans against the hate preacher. They carried placards saying blasphemy against the Prophet was unacceptable.
Pilibhit-based Sunni Ulama Council General Secretary Hafiz Noor Ahmad Azhari condemned the police action. He pointed out the duplicity of the administration in allowing election rallies, while taking action against those gathering peacefully demanding action against a hate monger.
He said Muslims are contemplating a response to the police action in “a legal and democratic way”.