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 on 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 barely a km from parliament.
No policemen were present at the site. The police claim they had denied permission for the protest in view of Covid but a crowd had turned up.
Today, videos emerged of a group yelling aggressive anti-Muslim slurs at Jantar Mantar, the city’s iconic 18th-century observatory, which is now a protest location. Despite the fact that they were widely distributed on social media, no arrests were made until late in the evening.
“Ram, Ram” chanting can be heard in the videos spreading on social media, coupled with threats to Muslims. People shouted, “Hindustan mein rehna hoga jai shri ram kehna hoga (To stay in India, must chant Jai Shri Ram),” at a gathering staged within a few kilometres from parliament.
There were no police officers on the scene. Despite the fact that the police claimed they had rejected authorization for the protest because of Covid, a large throng showed there.
The slogans were chanted in front of Narsinghanand Saraswati, a priest known for his anti-communal remarks. Gajendra Chauhan, a TV actor, and BJP leader is said to have taken part in the demonstration. Mr. Upadhyay, who is accused of organizing the anti-colonial laws rally, claimed he had no idea who the people chanting slogans were and that he was ready to face the police at any moment tomorrow.
Mr. Upadhyay stated in a statement that the Save India Foundation organized the event. “I have no connection with Save India Foundation Trust; I was a guest along with Mr. RVS Mani, Mr. Firoz Bakht Ahmed, and Mr. Gajendra Chauhan; we arrived about 11:00 and departed at 12:00; I never saw these miscreants. I desire to meet you tomorrow morning to submit my written statement,” he said.
Mr. Upadhyay had previously stated that he was unaware of the films. “I wasn’t there when this happened, I wasn’t aware of it, and I didn’t invite these people,” he told reporters. “Strict action must be done against those we can see in the recordings.”
He said that just five or six individuals were yelling slogans, and that they were shouted when dispersing after the march, and that such slogans should not have been raised.