Delhi Police Detains BJP’s Ashwini Upadhyay, 3 Others For Communal Sloganeering At Jantar Mantar

BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay and three others have been taken into custody and are being questioned by the Delhi Police for their alleged role in raising inflammatory, communal slogans at Jantar Mantar.

JP leader Ashwini Upadhyay and three others have been taken into police custody and are being questioned in connection with the communal sloganeering near Jantar Mantar on Sunday, Delhi Police sources said on Tuesday.

The Delhi Police had summoned the BJP’s Ashwini Upadhyay on Monday and asked him to appear at the Connaught Place police station for questioning. Vinit Kranti and Pinki Bhaiya were also questioned, the police said.

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana has directed officers to take strict action against whoever is held responsible in this case, said officials familiar with the case.

On Sunday, a video showing communal slogans being raised during a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi was widely circulated on social media, following which the Delhi Police registered a case in connection with the matter on Monday. The protest was organised by Bharat Jodo Aandolan at Jantar Mantar.

Also read: Communal, Hateful Slogans Raised BJP Leader Ashwini Upadhyay’s Rally At Jantar Mantar

Shipra Srivastava, media in-charge of Bharat Jodo Aandolan, said the protest was held under the leadership of advocate and former BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay. However, she has denied any links to those who raised communal slogans.

Upadhyay had earlier written to the Delhi Police Commissioner in connection with the case on Monday in which he said a programme was organised near Jantar Mantar by the Save India Foundation on Monday.

“A video is now going viral on social media in which one person can be seen giving a hateful speech and some people are defaming me on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp despite the fact that I do not know or have never met the people seen in the video; I didn’t even invite these people to the event,” Ashwini Upadhyay wrote.

Upadhyay further requested the Delhi Police Commissioner to take strict action against the men seen raising communal slogans in the viral videos.


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