Communally sensitive video: Book criminals under PSA, demands IF
Srinagar: Strongly condemning the insulting language in a viral video by a self-styled baba from Jammu, Islamic Fraternity (IF) has said that the words have deeply hurt the sentiments of Muslims and demanded that the culprits be brought to justice immediately.
Terming the video contents as extremely offensive, Chairman IF, Muhammad Aamir said that Muslims won’t tolerate even a single bad word against the Prophet (PBUH) or Islam as it forms the base of a Muslim’s Imaan (faith).
“The courage that these mentally deranged get from is the inaction by administration or the honour they receive from the communal or social elements every time such things happen here or elsewhere in India,” Aamir said.
He said that culprits must be given an exemplary punishment so that nobody buys courage or dares to repeat such acts in future.
Referring to the recent similar act in Bangalore, Aamir said that violent clashes erupted in the city following the derogatory words against the Prophet (PBUH). “If administration wants situation not escalates to that extent, they should arrest all the involved and punish them as soon as possible,” he said.
“If now and then, Aamir questioned, administration slaps innocent Kashmiris with Public Safety Acts (PSA), why aren’t such criminals put behind the bars under similar draconian acts?” he added.
He said that acting tough against the culprits will not only lessen the anger in Muslims but will also serve as a deterrent to all the communal elements who want to vitiate the atmosphere in the Pirpanjal or in Jammu districts.
As reported by The Kashmir Monitor, police on Sunday had registered a case after the video went viral on social media in which a leader of Bharat Raksha Manch is seen speaking in derogatory language against the spiritual head of a religious community.
Following this, the ‘Islami Markaz Majili Shura, Kishtwar’ had written a letter to DC and SSP Kishtwar to take cognizance of the matter and arrest the accused.
Assuring strict legal action against those who created or shared such content, a police spokesperson said the video seemed to have been “maliciously posted to create communal tension”.
“In this incident, cognisance has been taken and an investigation launched in Pacca Danga Police Station, Jammu,” the spokesperson said and appealed to people “not to fall prey to the agenda of anti-national elements”.
IGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh said police have lodged FIR No. 100 under sections 153-A and 295-A IPC in police station Pacca Danga and have arrested two persons including the one who had used the derogatory words.
“Jammu police have begun the investigation and so far have arrested two people. One of them is Satpal who had used the incendiary language, another one arrested is Deepak. There was a third one in the video named Rohit, police is looking for him,” the IGP said.
He appealed people not to share such videos.
In the video taken by a local news portal, the Bharat Raksha Manch leader is seen reportedly speaking against three separate incidents involving members from two different communities.