Five-member Sit Formed To Probe Dharam Sansad Case

The Uttarakhand Police constituted a five-member special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the hate speeches delivered at a ‘Dharam Sansad’ in Haridwar. 

A second complaint was registered by the police on Sunday, and the list so far includes Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, the former Chief of Shia Waqf Board  Wasim Rizvi, Dasna temple priest Yati Narsinghanand Gir, Sagar Sindhu Maharajand Hindu Mahasabha general secretary, and Annapurna Maa alias Pooja Shakun Pandey, Dharamdas Maharaj.

The three-days religious gathering that took place on December 17-19, which was organized by militant Hindutva leader Yati Narsinghanand Giri, called upon Hindu youth to become “Prabhakaran” and “Bhindranwale”. The video footage of the gathering shows the participants pledging to make the dream of a “Hindu nation” come true whether it required of them to ‘fight, die and kill”. 

“When we needed help, the Hindu community did not help us. But if any youth worker is prepared to become the Hindu Prabhakaran, then before anyone else, I will give him Rs 1 crore… if anyone takes on the responsibility to become the Prabhakaran of the Hindus, I will give Rs 1 crore, and if he continues for one year, I will raise at least Rs 100 crore to give,” Yati Narsinghanand was recorded saying at the gathering. 

Sagar Sindhu Maharaj in his speech asked Hindus to have more children and spare Muslims only if they converted to Hinduism.

“If you want to finish them off, then kill them [Muslims]… We need 100 soldiers who can kill 20 lakh of them to win this,” Annapurna Maa said at the meet.

The FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 295(a) (insulting a religion with deliberate and malicious acts) and Section 153(a) (promoting disharmony, enmity, or feelings of hatred). 

No arrests have been made in the case so far.

Following what has been termed by many ‘as a slow and reluctant action’ by the Uttarakhand police against the Haridwar conclave, the SIT was constituted “for a fair and unbiased probe”.

Complaint Against Quran and Muslim Clerics

On December 28, Yati Narsinghanand, Annapurna Maa, and other Hindutva leaders registered a complaint against the Quran and maulvis of Haridwar and other unnamed Muslim clerics alleging a conspiracy against Hindus and should be punished.

In a video making rounds on social media platforms, Sadhvi Annapurna and Narsinghanand are recorded speaking to police officer Rakesh Kathait as they submit their complaint.

“You should send a message that you are not biased. You are a public officer and you should be constitutional, carry out equal justice for all,” Sadhvi Annapurna is heard telling the police officer in the video.

“Of course the police is biased, and they are on our side,” one of the Hindu leaders can be heard saying.

“Ladka humare taraf hoga (he will be on our side),” Narsinghanand added. 

The police officer is seen smiling in the video as others break out into laughter. 

Hate Speeches Continue 

Several videos of similar incidents of hate speech have emerged from across the country since the Haridwar conclave. 

A video from Delhi where Hindu right-wing groups, including Hindu Yuva Vahini, shows the saffron-clad crowd taking the oath, “We take an oath and make a resolution that till our last breath, we will fight, die for and if need be, kill, to make this country a Hindu Rashtra and keep this country a Hindu Rashtra.” 

“We are holding three more sansads in Aligarh, Kurukshetra and Shimla. This is our freedom of speech. Akhadas are an army of the religion. Islam is an armed gang. You can fight them only with arms,” Hindutva leaders told The Indian Cable.

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