- Slogans reportedly shouted during protest organized by BJP’s Ashwani Upadhyay
- Delhi Police Complain “Against Strangers”
- Had refused permission for the event due to Covid: Police
Videos of a group shouting violent anti-Muslim slogans during a protest in the heart of Delhi, near parliament and main government offices, have gone viral, but no one has been arrested so far.
In clips circulating on social media, slogans threaten to kill Muslims alongside chants of “Ram, Ram”.
“Hindustan mein rehna hoga jai shri ram kehna hoga (To stay in India you have to say Jai Shri Ram)”, people shout at the rally held at Jantar Mantar, one of the most important protest sites in the country, in barely a kilometer from parliament.
The slogans were reportedly shouted during a protest organized by Supreme Court lawyer and former Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwani Upadhyay. He says he is not aware of the videos; only five or six were shouting slogans and that too by dispersing after the march, he said, adding that such slogans should not have been uttered.
“I was also not there when it happened, nor am I aware of it and I did not invite these people. It must have happened after I left. Strict measures must be taken against it. the ones we can see in the videos, ”the lawyer said.
Delhi police say they have filed a complaint “against unknown persons” and are trying to identify those in the video. Asked why no one has been arrested so far, Senior Police Officer Deepak Yadav said, “We watch the videos and identify them. It’s a process.”
The slogans were shouted in the presence of Narsinghanand Saraswati, a priest known for his community hate speech. TV actor and BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan was also reportedly part of the protest.
The march, dubbed “Colonial Laws and Uniform Laws” was organized to protest against the old laws of the colonial era.
Police say they refused permission for the event due to Covid rules, but a large crowd turned up. However, it is not clear why no police were present at a site where security is generally above average.
“The people who gathered there had no permission. The necessary measures will be taken,” Yadav said.
The incident was brought up in parliament today by AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who alleged in Lok Sabha that “genocidal slogans” were launched against Muslims “20 minutes from the Prime Minister’s residence Narendra Modi “.
“After all, what’s the secret to the growing courage of these hooligans? They know the Modi government is on their side. On July 24, the central government under the National Security Act (NSA) gave Delhi police the right to detain Yet Delhi police quietly watch the show, ”Owaisi said.
He also cited a Mahapanchayat or large public rally that was held on Sunday in Dwarka on the outskirts of Delhi to protest the construction of a Haj house in the area. Videos of the event showed protesters making provocative comments and threatening violence.