Videos of a group shouting egregious hate slogans threatening Muslims during a protest in the heart of Delhi, near parliament and top government offices, have gone viral but no one has been arrested till now.
In the clips circulating on social media, slogans threaten the killing of Muslims alongside chants of “Ram, Ram“.
“Hindustan mein rehna hoga jai shri ram kehna hoga (To stay in India, must say Jai Shri Ram),” shout people at the rally held at Jantar Mantar, one of the most prominent protest sites in the nation, just a km from parliament.
The slogans were shouted allegedly during a protest organised by Supreme Court lawyer and former Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwani Upadhyay. He says he is not aware of the videos; only five or six were shouting slogans, he said, adding that such slogans should not have been raised.
“Neither was I there when this happened, nor am I aware nor did I invite these people. This must have happened after I left. Strict action must be taken against those we can see in the videos,” said the lawyer.
The Delhi Police says it has filed a case “against unknown persons” and is trying to identify those in the video. Asked why no one has been arrested so far, senior police officer Deepak Yadav said: “We are looking at the videos and identifying them. It is a process.”
The slogans were shouted in the presence of Narsinghanand Saraswati, a priest notorious for hate speeches. TV actor and BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan was also reportedly a part of the protest.
The march, dubbed “Colonial Laws and Make Uniform Laws” was organised in protest against old colonial-era laws.
The police say the event had not been allowed on account of Covid rules but a large crowd showed up. It is not clear, however, why no policemen were present at a site where security is usually higher than average.
“People who had gathered there had no permission. Necessary action will be taken,” said Mr Yadav.
The incident was raised in parliament today by AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who alleged in the Lok Sabha that “genocidal slogans” were raised against Muslims “20 minutes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence”.