Police has arrested Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, who converted to Hinduism a few months ago, for giving a hate speech at the ‘Dharma Sansad’ held in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. At the same time, notices have been sent to Yeti Narasimhanand and Sadhvi Annapurna to appear under Section 14 of the IPC.
Dehradun: Police on Thursday arrested Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi and produced two other accused, Yeti Narasimhanand and Sadhvi Annapurna, in connection with the alleged hate speech at ‘Dharma Sansad’ held in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Notice to be issued.
These three are among other people against whom an FIR has been registered in the case.
Uttarakhand Director General of Police Ashok Kumar said that while Rizvi has been arrested, notices have been sent to Yeti Narasimhanand and Sadhvi Annapurna to appear before them under Section 41 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
According to NDTV, in a video of Tyagi’s arrest, Narasimhanand can be seen threatening the police and asking why Tyagi is being arrested.
Narasimhanand can be heard saying, ‘You all will die and you will get your children killed too.’ He said, ‘I am with him (Wasim Rizvi) in all three matters. Did he do it alone?’
At the same time, the official says, ‘Tyagi is understanding the situation.’ Narasimhanand replies, ‘But I am not. He became a Hindu with our support.
Hardline Hindutva leader Yeti Narasimhanand is a priest of Dasna temple in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, who has been in controversies in the past for his statements.
Yeti Narasimhananda had organized the Dharma Sansad in Haridwar while Sadhvi Annapurna participated as a speaker at the event, where provocative speeches were allegedly made against Muslims.
Haridwar Senior Superintendent of Police Yogendra Rawat said that Rizvi was arrested from the Narsan border of Roorkee.
The name of 52-year-old Lucknow resident Wasim Rizvi, who became Jitendra Narayan Tyagi after converting to Hinduism a few months ago, is among more than 10 people against whom an FIR was registered in the case. Rizvi has been the head of the Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board.
This is the first arrest in the case of making inflammatory speeches against Muslims in the Parliament of Religions held in Haridwar from December 17 to 19.
When asked whether there would be more arrests in this case, the police officer said that it would depend on further investigation.
According to the Indian Express, Narasimhanand and Tyagi were on their way to Haridwar from Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad at the time of their arrest.
Narasimhanand told the Indian Express, ‘They have arrested Jitendra Narayan Tyagi. This is injustice and I have sat on a dharna at Sarvanand Ghat in Haridwar against this injustice. Until they are released, I will not eat or drink water.’
He said, ‘I was with Tyagi when he was arrested, but the police did not take me away. He was arrested because he was once a Muslim and had converted to Hinduism. This is so that no other Muslim converts to Hinduism.’
Narasimhanand claimed that he had offered to be arrested as he was also an accused.
“We will also adopt legal means to get Tyagi out of jail,” he said. If this step is taken because of the Supreme Court, then we will look into that too. If needed, we will also stage a sit-in in front of the Supreme Court.
Sources close to Narasimhanand claimed that some other people named in the FIR were also present with him. At the same time, Jitendra Narayan Tyagi tweeted after his arrest and said, ‘I have been arrested like a terrorist.’
Like a terrorist, I have been taken to Haridwar jail. pic.twitter.com/BqXLYBKSmJ
— Jitendra Tyagi (@JitendraNTyagi) January 13, 2022
he another Tweet I said, ‘At this time I have been put in Haridwar district jail. For the crime which I didn’t even say.
Significantly, there was all-round pressure on the state government to take action in the matter of giving an alleged inflammatory speech in the Parliament of Religions. In this case on Wednesday, the Supreme Court also pulled up the state government for not taking any action even after so many days of the incident.
It is to be known that this ‘Dharma Sansad’ was organized by Hindutva leaders and fundamentalists in Haridwar, Uttarakhand between 17-19 December 2021, in which openly hate speeches were given against Muslims and minorities, even their There was also a call for genocide.
Hardline Hindutva leader Yeti Narasimhananda was one of the organizers of this Dharma Sansad. Narasimhanand is already in the eyes of the police for giving hate speeches.
Yeti Narasimhanand, while making provocative statements against the Muslim society, said that he will give one crore rupees to the person who becomes ‘Hindu Prabhakaran’.
Two FIRs have been registered against 15 people in the case. The first FIR was registered in this regard on 23 December 2021 after the controversy over the video of the event went viral, in which only Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi was named. Before leaving Islam and adopting Hinduism, Tyagi’s name was Wasim Rizvi.
The names of Swami Dharamdas and Sadhvi Annapurna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey were added to the FIR on 25 December 2021. Pooja Shakun Pandey is the Mahamandaleshwar of Niranjani Akhara and General Secretary of Hindu Mahasabha.
After this, on January 1, the names of Yeti Narasimhanand and Sagar Sindhuraj Maharaj of Roorkee were included in this FIR.
On January 2, the state’s Director General of Police had also constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. After that, on January 3, a second FIR was registered against 10 people in connection with the Parliament of Religions.
In the second FIR, the organizers of the event, Yeti Narasimhanand Giri, Jitendra Narayan Tyagi (earlier known as Wasim Rizvi), Sagar Sindhuraj Maharaj, Dharamdas, Parmanand, Sadhvi Annapurna, Anand Swaroop, Ashwini Upadhyay, Suresh Chavan and Prabodhanand Giri were named. Has been done.
(with input from news agency language)
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