A Mahapanchayat was organised at Burari grounds in Delhi on Sunday, in which religious leader Yati Narsinghanand allegedly said that 50 per cent of Hindus would be converted, 40 per cent killed, and ten per cent exiled if a Muslim became prime minister of India. Several other Hindu supremacist leaders also attended the event.
The police said they did not grant permission. Narsinghanand augmented the Hindu sentiments in his speech and provoked the Hindus against a particular minority community.
Three FIR lodged
Following his controversial speech, an FIR under Section 153A promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, and 188 of the Indian Penal Code was filed by the Delhi Police.
The Delhi Police said three FIRs have been lodged in connection with the Hindu Mahapanchayat on Sunday. One FIR was related to the hate speech allegation, while the other two were registered on complaints received by journalists. The journalists said they were assaulted at the event.
Earlier, Yati Narsinghanand was arrested for making an offensive speech against Muslims at a Dharam Sansad in Haridwar in December 2021. He was later granted bail.
Sharing a tweet by one of the journalists who alleged that two young Muslim men from the media were assaulted by a Hindu mob at the Mahapanchayat and were also taken into custody, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Usha Rangnani took to Twitter to say nobody was detained.
Save India Foundation organised the event
The event was organised by Preet Singh, founder of the Save India Foundation and one of the organisers of an event held at Jantar Mantar last year where anti-Muslim slogans were raised. Singh was arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the case and is currently out on bail. According to his Twitter account, Sunday’s mahapanchayat event was planned as far back as January 2 of this year.
Narsinghanand, head priest of Ghaziabad’s Dasna Devi temple, too, is out on bail in connection with a speech he made at a three-day ‘Dharam Sansad’ held in Haridwar last December. His bail conditions had said he would not be part of any event or gathering “which aims towards creating a difference between communities”.
Speaking at Delhi’s Burari ground, where around 500 people had gathered on Sunday to participate in a ‘Hindu mahapanchayat’, Narsinghanand said that if a Muslim is made prime minister, “50% of you (Hindus) will change your faith in the next 20 years.”
“We are scanning all the footage. Some videos have also been recorded by the Delhi Police during the event. “Appropriate legal action will be taken after taking legal opinion,” a senior police official said.
At the mahapanchayat, Narsinghanand also told the crowd that Hindus would have to have more children, and teach them to fight.
“If you want Hindus and Muslims to not fight, watch The Kashmir Files. Just like the people of Kashmir had to leave their land, their daughters, and their property behind, you too will have to escape and drown in the Indian Ocean. It is the only option you have, “he said.
Some of the journalists who had gone to cover the event allege that they were beaten up by members of the audience. Two FIRs, one of which is on charges of molestation, causing hurt and attempted snatching, have been registered based on the complaints of the journalists.
Yati Narsinghanand’s speech was nothing else to provoke Hindu youths, and this type of language creates religious rifts in the country.