NEW DELHI: A day after Delhi police registered three FIRs in connection with the Hindu Mahapanchayat events on Sunday, they have registered another case against certain Twitter handles for allegedly circulating content that could incite the hatred between two communities.
Deputy Police Commissioner (North West) Usha Rangnani said an FIR under Section 505(2) (statements creating or promoting interclass enmity, hatred or ill will) of the IPC was registered at Mukherjee Nagar Police Station against some Twitter accounts.
The DCP added that the Twitter accounts belonging to journalist Meer Faisal, who works for a news portal, and another belonging to the “Article 14” news portal are under investigation.
Faisal had tweeted on Sunday that he was beaten because of his religion and community slurs were shouted at him in the mahapanchayat. He declined to comment on the police action and said he had not received a copy of the FIR.
‘Article 14’ had tweeted that five journalists, including four Muslims, including one who was on assignment for them, were taken by police to Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar police station after a mob at the Mahapanchayat found out about their religion, attacked them and deleted their videos. The police had denied the allegation of detention.
However, two FIRs had been registered late Sunday evening on the complaints of journalists accusing them of having been manhandled and attacked by a group of people.
Asked about any action taken against organizers and mahapanchayat speakers for allegedly delivering hate speech, an officer said they were investigating the authenticity of the videos and would take action afterwards. Cops had claimed permission had been denied for the event, but organizers went ahead nonetheless.
An FIR related to alleged hate speech was the third recorded on Sunday. “700 to 800 people had gathered for the event and guests gave speeches from the stage,” an officer said. Sources said police were set to interview the suspects in the alleged hate speech case and notices were being sent to them.
The police had also claimed that some of the speakers, including Yati Narsinghan and Saraswati, priest of Dasna Devi temple, and Suresh Chauhanke, editor of Sudarshan News, had made remarks promoting disharmony, feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will between two communities. A case under Sections 188 (disobeying an order duly issued by an official) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc. , and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony ) had been registered. Narsinghanand is currently out on bail in the Haridwar hate speech case.
The event was organized by Preet Singh of the Save India Foundation. He had been arrested earlier in connection with the anti-national slogans hurled at Jantar Mantar last year.
Hindu Raksha leader Dal Bhupinder Tomar aka Pinky Cahudhary was also present at the mahapanchayat but did not speak.