Anti-Muslim Speeches at ex-BJP Spokesperson Event Stokes Tension in Delhi

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Screen grab of purported video claiming Anti- Muslim Speeches

Delhi is still going through the fall out of Delhi riots in February last year and the capital city is again going through riot-like situation. On Saturday, the former Delhi BJP spokesperson organised a protest that went berserk and protestor started inflammatory speeches against Muslims.

The video surfaced on social media, show that the event was roaring with provocative speeches against the Muslim community. In the video people can clearly be heard threatening Muslims.

The event was called to protest against Colonial-era laws and demanded the implementation Uniform Civil Code.

The police later said that the event organised by the former BJP Spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay, was without permission from the concerned authority. Upadhyay called for a march under ‘Bharat Jodo Moment’ said in his tweet the movement is being coloured communally.

“I have written to the DCP (New Delhi) to check the veracity of the video and take strict action against those who spread religious enmity”, Upadhyay said in his tweet.

Media in-charge of Bharat Jodo Movement, Shipra Srivastava said, “There was a protest against colonial laws used to suppress Indians by the British, which still exist. We were there to protest against those laws and for a Uniform Civil Code because our demand was that there should be one rule in one country”.

“There was no such (inflammatory) slogan in my knowledge… there were 5,000 people and if five-six people in some corner would be shouting such slogans, then we disassociate ourselves from them,” she answered when asked about the speeches.

A senior Delhi Police officer told media that “We refused permission after informing them about DDMA guidelines (which do not allow for gatherings in view of the Covid protocol), and later we got to know that Ashwini Upadhyay was looking for an indoor venue. Police arrangements were in place and we thought around 50 people would come, but suddenly many people in small groups started gathering. They were protesting peacefully, but started raising slogans when they were dispersing.”

When media asked DCP (New Delhi district) Deepak Yadav about the video surfacing on internet, he said, “We are verifying all the video clips.” He denied commenting on how such a throng gathered without prior permission.

An FIR has been registered against the unknowns, after the video surfaced on social media showing inflammatory speeches being hurled against the Muslims.


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