Pune Police Books Sharjeel Usmani For Hurting Hindu Sentiments With His Speech At Elgar Parishad

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Mubarak Ansari

Pune, February 2, 2021: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumnus Sharjeel Usmani has been booked by Pune city police for allegedly hurting sentiments of the Hindus during his speech at the ‘Elgar Parishad’ on January 30.

Based on a complaint from advocate Pradip Gavade, secretary of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM), which is the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Swargate police station today registered FIR against Usmani for offences under sections 153a (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

At the Elgar Parishad conclave at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch in Swargate, Usmani, while talking about lynchings had allegedly said that those Hindus, who are involved in lynching, ‘kill people’, then lived their lives normally, and then kill people again the next day. He had also alleged that the ‘Hindu society had become rotten to the core today’ while talking about the lynchings in Uttar Pradesh.

Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis had also written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray demanding strict action against Usmani.

“A person comes to Maharashtra, insults sentiments, and goes back to his home state without facing any legal action. If the State government does not take any action against Usmani, then we will assume that the government is behind him,” Fadnavis had told reporters.