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Case registered against Wasim Rizvi, others over Haridwar ‘hate speech’

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Uttarakhand Police on Thursday registered a case against Wasim Rizvi aka Jitendra Tyagi and others over his “hate speech” at an event. Uttarakhand Police in a tweet today said, “Taking cognizance of the video that is going viral on social media for spreading hatred by giving provocative speeches against a particular religion, a case has been registered against Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi and others under Section 153A IPC in Kotwali, Haridwar and legal proceedings are in progress.” On Friday, Uttarakhand Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar said that incidents of ‘hate speech’ will not be tolerated in the state.

After he was “expelled” from Islam, former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairperson Wasim Rizvi on December 6 converted to Hinduism. Speaking to ANI, Rizvi had said, “I was expelled from Islam. After that, it is my choice to practise and preach the religion of my choice.”

Earlier he had said, “Today, I chose to convert to Hinduism. Sanatan dharma is the first dharma of the world. I respect Sanatana dharma. It is full of believing in humanity.” 

Notably, the head priest of Ghaziabad’s Dasna Devi temple, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, was also one of the speakers at the event. The controversial Hindu figure made national headlines after a video of his disciple assaulting a Muslim boy in the temple premises went viral earlier this year.

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