Police Complaints Filed Against Amish Devgan for Outraging Followers of Moinuddin Chishti

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Amish Devgan of News18 India.

Zafar Aafaq | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — A TV anchor of a Hindi news channel landed in trouble after a video clip of him making derogatory remarks about Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer went viral on social media on Tuesday night. This happened while the airwaves were dominated by news of Chinese incursions in which 20 Indian soldiers have been killed.

Police complaints have been filed against Amish Devgan of News18 India at several places and calls to arrest him are mounting on Twitter. The TV anchor, who is known for anti-Muslim rants on his show on News 18 India, has sought apology but it appears unlikely to cut the ice with the followers of the 12 century sufi saint revered not only in India but throughout the world.

Chistis is a highly revered saint whose popularity cuts across religious communities. Lakhs of people, including celebrities from film and entertainment industry as well as politicians of all shades, visit his resting place in Ajmer, Rajasthn, to pay their obeisance. These visits are often publicised to make a symbolic gesture of communal amity and also seek political support from Muslims.

The video clip has widely been shared on Twitter with a hashtag #arrestAmishDevgan to register their anger against the anchor. Several Muslims groups wrote to police in their respective states to file cases against Devgan.

“People in non BJP ruled states, please file complaint against Amish Devgan for using slanderous remarks against Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti RA. Our @farrukh_diwan Bhai is already proceeding with legal actions,” wrote Sharjeel Usmani.

“SULTAN UL HINDI ki Shan me Gustakhi Bardasht nahi,” said a protest note issued by Khanqaah-e-Barkatia, Marhara Sharif, UP, a famous dargaah of Uttar Pradesh. The khanqaah demanded immediate arrest of Devgan.

Similarly, another group, Jamaat Raza-e-Mustafa, Bareily, UP, filed a police complaint in Bareilly demanding registration of FIR against the anchor.

Mumbai-based Raza Academy also lodged a police complaint saying it takes strong objection to the derogatory remarks against the world renowned saint.  They said the remarks have the potential to disrupt peace in the country.

Hours later, Ameesh Devgan took to Twitter to apologise for his remarks.

“In 1 of my debates, I inadvertently referred to ‘Khilji’ as Chishti. I sincerely apologise for this grave error and the anguish it may hv caused to followers of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, whom I revere. I have in the past sought blessings at his dargah. I regret this error.”

 

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