Sharjeel Usmani, a Muslim student leader, was booked by Maharashtra police for an alleged provocative speech delivered by him at Elgaar Parishad 2021 following a complaint by BJP’s youth wing leader.
He has been charged with the Indian Penal Code’s section 153, accusing him of ‘promoting enmity between different groups’ following a complaint by Pradeep Gawade, who is Pune regional secretary of the BJP’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), on Monday, reported Indian Express.
On Tuesday, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis had written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, seeking action against Usmani. Fadnavis had said in the letter, “This youth comes to Maharashtra, maligns Hindutva without any fear and displays his rogue behaviour, and there is no action against him? This is really surprising. This is very insulting to all of us. I sincerely hope that after receiving the letter, you will take necessary action and teach him a lesson.”