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New Delhi: Militant Hindutva leader Yati Narsinganand has been booked by the Uttar Pradesh police after yet another instance of the leader making inflammatory statements by allegedly calling for the demolition of madrasas and the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
He made these comments at an event organised by Hindu Mahasabha in Aligarh on Sunday, September 18.
“Madrassas should not exist in the first place. They should be blown to bits with gunpowder or we should practice the policy of China and send the residents of the madrassas to detention camps where the virus called Quran can be removed from their brains,” Scroll reported him as saying.
The report added that Narsinghanand also described Aligarh as the place from where the “seed of India’s partition” was sown and said that the Aligarh Muslim University should be demolished using bombs.
On legal action against his hate speech, he said that “court cases keep on coming. Maybe, for what I am saying right now, I will again face a case.”
Meanwhile, superintendent of police (city) Kuldeep Singh Gunawat told news agency Press Trust of India reported that the programme was held without prior permission.
Gunawat said Narsinghanand and others have been booked under Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 298 (uttering words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings), 505(2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
Narsinghanand has been involved in hate speech cases in the past as well.
A first information report was lodged in Haridwar against him for making highly provocative speeches against Muslims at the Haridwar Dharma Sansad, which was held from December 17 to December 19 last year. His bail condition (February 18) in this incident had said he would not be part of any event or gathering “which aims towards creating difference between communities”.
(With PTI inputs)