Haridwar: The Uttarakhand Police has registered a case against former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairperson Jitendra Narayan Tyagi and several others for allegedly giving “hate speech” at an event in Haridwar recently.
“Taking cognizance of the video that is going viral on social media for spreading hatred by giving provocative speeches against a particular religion, a case has been registered against Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi and others under Section 153A IPC in Kotwali, Haridwar and legal proceedings are in progress,” the Uttarakhand Police said in a tweet on Thursday.
The controversy broke out after a religious gathering called the ‘Dharma Sansad’ was organised in Haridwar from December 17-20.
A complaint registered with the Haridwar Police states that the congregation was attended by BJP Mahila Morcha leader Udita Tyagi, BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, Sadhvi Annapurna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey, and others.
At the gathering, Premanand Maharaj allegedly asked Hindus to buy weapons to defend their religion, and even called for the killing of minorities.
Rizvi, after being “expelled” from Islam, converted to Hinduism on December 6.
“I was expelled from Islam. After that, it is my choice to practise and preach the religion of my choice,” he told news agency ANI.
He had earlier said, “Today, I chose to convert to Hinduism. Sanatan dharma is the first dharma of the world. I respect Sanatan dharma. It is full of believing in humanity.”