Haridwar Hate Speech: "All of you'll die", says Yati Narsinghanand as Uttarakhand cops make first arrest
Yati Narsinghanand, one of religious leaders accused in the Haridwar hate speeches case, told police officers, "Tum sab maroge (All of you will die)", when Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi was arrested
Yati Narsinghanand, one of the religious leaders accused in the Haridwar hate speeches case, told police officers, "Tum sab maroge (All of you will die)", when Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi was arrested on Thursday.
Tyagi, formerly known as Waseem Rizvi, is the first accused to be arrested in the hate speech case in which provocative remarks were made against Muslims at a "Dharma Sansad".
Uttarakhand Police have issued notices to Yati Narsinghanand and another accused Sadhvi Annapurna, asking them to appear before them.
In a viral video being circulated on social media, cops can be seen requesting Narsinghanand to cooperate as they take Tyagi into custody.
"I am with him in all the three cases. Did he do it alone?", Narsinghanand asks.
The officers are seen asking him to get out of the car so they can proceed, but Narsinghanand appears adamant.
As the officers say "Tyagi is understanding the situation", Narsinghanand replies, "But I am not. He became a Hindu counting on our support.
As the cops keep insisting, Narinsinghand can be heard saying, "Tum sab maroge, apne baccho ko bhi...(All of you will die, your children too..."
Waseem Rizvi, a former chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board, converted to Hinduism in December 2021 and took the name of Jitendra Singh Narayan Tyagi. Narsinghanand had organised the ceremony.
Tyagi was arrested in Roorkee, Haridwar Senior Superintendent of Police Yogendra Rawat told news agency PTI.
Narsinghanand, Tyagi and Annapurnna are among more than 10 people named in the FIRs lodged in the speeches case.
The first arrest in the case comes after the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Uttarakhand government to submit an affidavit within 10 days on action taken in the case.