Yati Narsinghanand – one of many spiritual leaders who organised an occasion in Haridwar final month that referred to as for the genocide of Muslims – was arrested on Saturday, turning into the second particular person to be taken into custody following an intervention by the Supreme Courtroom.
Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi, who was Waseem Rizvi earlier than he transformed, was the primary accused to be arrested within the hate speech case involving the Haridwar “Dharma Sansad” or spiritual meeting.
During the last two weeks, the saffron-robed Narsinghanand has gone from cackling with cops about how a police officer “can be on our facet” to cursing them – “all of you’ll die,” he mentioned on Thursday after the primary arrest.
Narsinghanand is amongst greater than 10 individuals named within the FIRs lodged over speeches that referred to as for genocide and the usage of arms towards Muslims. In addition to him and Tyagi, the police have additionally taken an curiosity in one other spiritual chief Sadhvi Annapurna below immense strain.
The primary arrest within the case got here almost a month after the occasion, solely after the Supreme Courtroom on Wednesday directed the Uttarakhand authorities to submit an affidavit inside 10 days on motion taken within the case.
Clips from the Haridwar occasion — held from December 17 to twenty — had been circulated on social media and drew sharp criticism from former army chiefs, activists and even worldwide tennis legend Martina Navratilova.
Those that organised the occasion and gave the hate speeches keep that they’ve executed no incorrect.
“I’m not ashamed of what I’ve mentioned. I’m not afraid of police. I stand by my assertion,” Prabodhanand Giri — photographed typically with BJP leaders together with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Uttarakhand counterpart Pushkar Dhami — informed wantpassport on December 23.