Supreme Court lawyer and former Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwani Upadhyay is likely to be questioned over the anti-Muslim slogans raised at a protest he allegedly organised at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar today, sources in Delhi Police have said. He is one of the three suspects identified in the case. Sources said the police have initiated the process to arrest them and raids are currently on in the city.
The videos of a group shouting violent anti-Muslim slogans at Jantar Mantar — the landmark 18th Century observatory at the heart of the city which is now a protest site — surfaced today. But despite their being widely circulated no social media, no arrest was made till late evening.
In the clips circulating on social media, “Ram, Ram” chants are heard along with slogans threatening Muslims.
“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, barely a km from parliament.
Mr Upadhyay, who allegedly organised the protest against colonial laws, earlier told reporters that he was not aware of the videos.
Only five or six people were shouting slogans and that too while dispersing after the march, 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,” he told reporters.