New Delhi- Several students and social activists were arrested on Saturday as they staged a protest outside Uttar Pradesh Bhawan in the nation’s capital to demand the arrest of a Hindu psychic, Bajrang Muni.
The protest was called by All India Students Association (AISA), Campus Front of India and Fraternity Movement after which large numbers of students as well as activists gathered outside Uttar Pradesh Bhawan at Sardar Patel Marg in Chanakyapuri.
Protesters held up slogans demanding the arrest of Bajrang Muni, for allegedly making objectionable remarks.
“As the students continued to shout slogans outside Uttar Pradesh Bhawan, they were arrested by Delhi police and later detained,” AISA Secretary General Prasenjit Kumar told the IANS.
The protesters were then taken to Mandir Marg police station around 3:30 p.m. and released later at 7:15 p.m. that evening, Kumar said.
On April 2, an alleged hate speech by Bajrang Muni outside a mosque in Sitapur district, Uttar Pradesh went viral on social media and then sparked outrage.
Six days later, on April 8, Sitapur Police in Uttar Pradesh, in a statement on Twitter, said a case under the relevant sections had been registered and further action was being taken based on the statements. of witnesses.
The 2-minute video containing the hate speech was allegedly recorded on April 2 when Bajrang Muni, who is the mahant of Maharshi Shri Lakshman Das Udasin Ashram in the city of Khairabad, was conducting a procession on the occasion of Navratri and the Hindu New Year.
Muni can be heard saying in the video that if a Hindu girl is teased by a man from a particular community, he himself would rape a woman from that community.
He also reportedly made more objectionable remarks.
The additional superintendent of Sitapur district police in the north, Rajiv Dikshit, had said that legal action would be taken according to the rules based on the facts and evidence revealed during the investigation. (IANS)