The Delhi Police has detained six people in connection with a video circulated on social media, which shows anti-Muslim slogans being raised during a protest at Jantar Mantar.
A protest was organised at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi on August 8. Hundreds of people attended the march planned by the Bharat Jodo Andolan to protest against “colonial-era laws”.
Bharat Jodo Andolan’s media incharge, Shipra Srivastava said that the rally was held under the leadership of advocate and former BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay. It was to protest against colonial laws, and demanded to abolish 222 British-era laws.
Videos showing anti-Muslim sloganeering at Jantar Mantar started circulating across social media after the protest. The videos showed a group of people raising provocative slogans and threatening Muslims at Jantar Mantar.
On August 10, the police arrested six people in connection with the videos, along with former BJP spokesperson and Supreme Court advocate Ashwini Upadhayay. Vinod Sharma, Deepak Singh, Vinit Kranti, Preet Singh and Deepak were identified using the videos, as the five others involved.
The Delhi Police said that no permission had been granted for the rally and have registered an FIR under sections 153-A, 188 and 51 with charges of promoting enmity between different groups, disobedience to order by public servant, and under the DDMA Act for violating COVID guidelines.
DCP (New Delhi) Deepak Kumar, on Monday, said, “The cases have been registered under relevant sections and the investigation is in progress.”