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Delhi’s Hindu college professor arrested over FB post on Varanasi’s Gyanvapi ‘Shivling’

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday night arrested Ratan Lal, who made controversial remarks about the claim that Shivling was found inside the Gyanvapi Masjid complex. Giving information, the North District Cyber ​​Police Station said that Ratan Lal, posted as Associate Professor in Delhi’s Hindu college, has been arrested under Section 153A / 295A of the IPC on his indecent remarks about the claim of Shivling.

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According to the police, the professor made derogatory comments about a ‘Shivling’ found inside Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque complex.

As per sources, the police will present Ratan Lal before the court on Saturday.

Ratan Lal was arrested under Indian Penal Code sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295A (deliberate act to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) by the Cyber Police Station of North District.

As per the sources, there will be a protest asking for the release of Ratan Lal today.

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A complaint was lodged with the Delhi Police against Ratan Lal by Supreme Court lawyer Vineet Jindal. In the complaint, Lal was accused of hurting religious sentiments.

In his complaint, the lawyer said that the issue of a ‘Shivling’ found in the Gyanvapi mosque complex which is very sensitive in nature and the matter is pending before the court.

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Defending his post earlier, Lal had said, “In India, if you speak about anything, someone or the other’s sentiment will be hurt. So this is nothing new. I am a historian and have made several observations. As I wrote them down, I have used very guarded language in my post and still this. I will defend myself.”

Besides his teaching job, Mr Lal is the founder and editor-in-chief of Ambedkarnama, a news portal focusing on Dalit issues. His Twitter bio also describes him as an “activist, writer and a child of Ambedkariate Revolution”.

Congress leader Digivijaya Singh has condemned the professor’s arrest.

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