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Communally sensitive video goes viral: Jammu police arrests two persons

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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday registered a case after a communally sensitive 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.

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.

In one incident, the leader says a Naib Tehsildar allegedly committed an unnatural act with a bovine animal in Reasi district’s Arnas area. The other incident pertained to a person allegedly inflicting an injury using a sharp-edged weapon on a bovine animal.

Following these two incidents, some local youth had allegedly beaten up the son of the accused suspected to have hurt the bovine animal, police said. A video of the attack taking place in presence of a policeman had gone viral on social media.

The police, however, have registered three separate FIRs and arrested over half a dozen people, including a revenue official and the alleged assailants. Hunt is on for nearly half a dozen other accused in these cases, a senior police officer said.