Haridwar: Yeti Narasimhanand sent to 14 day Judicial custody

Yeti Narasimhanand

Yeti Narasimhanand also face a case of hate speech

A court in Haridwar on Sunday sent controversial religious leader Yeti Narasimhanand to 14-day judicial custody in the hate speech case.

A vedio is going viral on social media platforms where Narasimhanand was enraged with BBC reporter when he was asked questions about hate speech in the interview. As per BBC,  after that incident an another FIR was registered against him in the case of misbehaviour with the BBC team.

There was a demand for his arrest after the video of Yeti Narasimhanand's provocative speech at the "Dharma Sansad" held in Haridwar went viral.

The Nagar Kotwali police of Haridwar arrested Mahamandaleshwar Yeti Narsimhanand of Juna Akhara from Sarvanand Ghat. Yeti Narasimhanand was fasting at that time, demanding the release of Wasim Rizvi, alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi.

The former chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Central Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi, alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, was already arrested on Thursday in the same hate speech case.

A few days ago, the Supreme Court issued notices to Uttarakhand and Delhi Police on a public interest litigation filed by former Patna High Court judge Anjana Prakash and senior journalist Qurban Ali demanding an independent inquiry into the hate speech incident in Haridwar Dharma Sansad. Answer sought.

The matter is to be heard again on January 22 before the bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramanna, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli.

On the basis of a BBC team complaint, a case was opened.

As per the BBC, The reporter team had reached Sarvanand Ghat in Haridwar to interview him after fixing a time with the consent of Yeti Narasimhanand.

In the viral video, when he was asked about the case related to hate speech against Muslims in the Parliament of Religions held in Haridwar, he got angry and started speaking loudly. The BBC correspondent tried to pacify him, but he took off the mic from his coat and threw it and started speaking in a loud voice, as you can see in the last part of the video.

As soon as Yeti Narasimhanand removed the mic, the workers present started abusing and pushing the BBC team. As per the BBC Team, the supporters of Yati threatened and forcibly held the team for a long time. As per the BBC, reporters were searched and threatened by Yeti supporters that the video should not be broadcast.

After this, the police came and, on the written complaint of the BBC, an FIR was registered against Yeti Narasimhanand and his associates. This FIR was registered under four sections of the Indian Penal Code: 341 (unlawful coercion), 352 (assault without provocation), 504 (insult, abusing, disturbing the peace) and 506 (threatening). 

Who is Yeti Narasimhananda

During the Parliament of Religions held in Haridwar, provocative speeches were given against minority Muslims. Yeti Narasimhanand has been involved in controversy in the past due to his statements and deeds.

He has also been accused of using derogatory language against the Prophet Mohammed and hurting the religious sentiments of the Muslim community.

Mahant Yeti Narasimhanand is the mahant of the same Devi temple in Dasna, Ghaziabad, where a Muslim child, Asif, was brutally thrashed for drinking water from a tap on March 11 last year, and a video of him was made viral.

Later, Mahant Yeti Narasimhanand said that he had no regrets over the incident.

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