Gurugram: A 19-year-old man was arrested on Monday for allegedly making provocative remarks against the Muslim community during a mahapanchayat in the Pataudi subdivision of Gurugram on July 4, police said, adding that a complaint had been filed in this regard shortly after the event a week ago.
Police identified the accused as Gopal Sharma, who calls himself Ram Bhakt Gopal, a resident of Pataudi. He was arrested in Sector 83 of Gurugram on Monday and brought before a court, which sent him into custody for 14 days, police said.
âHis speech was inflammatory. This could have caused riots and ruined the public order situation in the region, âsaid Gurugram police commissioner KK Rao.
Rao added that they received a complaint from a resident of Jamalpur in Gurugram Bilaspur, who attended the mahapanchayat on July 4, as a result of which they reserved Sharma under Articles 153A (promoting the enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code .
The complainant alleged: âIn his speech he called for attacks on the Muslim community. A video of his speech went viral on social media and the situation became tense in the village. It incited hatred and violent speech against minorities, which was contested by many villagers. ”
Sharma’s speech sparked an uproar on social media, with many calling for her arrest, police said.
This is not the first police case against Sharma, who opened fire on an anti-CAA group [Citizenship (Amendment) Act] demonstrators near Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi on January 30, 2020. He was arrested there and sentenced under section 307 (attempted murder) of the Indian Penal Code. As he was a minor at the time, he was taken into custody in a correctional center by the Juvenile Justice Board for 28 days.
Police said they were following social media links to videos of her speech. They added that the mahapanchayat had been organized at Ramleela Ground to discuss religious conversion, “jihad of love” and a law to control the population. Almost 600 people attended the mahapanchayat.