Days after some fringe organisations in Bhopal warned of a backlash if people behind an allegedly offensive social media post on goddess Kali were not arrested, the Bhopal police, in a joint operation with the Mumbai police, took two Muslim youths from Maharashtra’s Antop Hill into custody and brought them to Madhya Pradesh.
On May 10, several activists in Bhopal had approached the police demanding action against people who, they alleged, had liked an offensive post against goddess Kali on a Facebook group called Naadan Parinday.
One of the two arrested, Ali Shaikh works a bodyguard and the other, Abdul Qureshi runs an electronics shop.
The men have now been booked under Section 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious intention of insulting a religion or religious beliefs) and Section 153 (A) (promoting disharmony between different groups on grounds of religion and performing acts prejudicial to maintenance of peace).
Superintendent of Police (north) Bhopal, Arvind Saxena said before the “volatile” issue could flare up, it was handled swiftly as it “could have caused tension ahead of Ramzan”.
Chandrashekhar Tiwari, a former Bajrang Dal leader and convener of the Sanskriti Bachao Manch, said, “All we wanted was action against those who posted such objectionable photos and messages.
We do not want communal tension in the city.” He claimed a Muslim youth from Bhopal first liked the post, followed by several others, which drew the attention of the activists who approached several police stations. Eventually, FIRs were lodged at the Hanuman Ganj police station and with the state police cyber cell.
Source Inputs: Indian Express