During a Muharram rally in Ujjain, India, when the police interrupted the procession owing to Covid-19 norms and guidelines, the crowd started raising “Pakistan Zindabad” chants in defiance.
The Madhya Pradesh police then arrested six people and detained over ten. The video of the procession where the crowd can be seen cheering for Pakistan has gone viral on social media.
At around 10:15 PM on Thursday, the incident occurred when Zafar, Anees, Abdul, Ajeej, and others began sloganeering. After this, a heavy police force had to be deployed, with senior officers rushing to the spot in panicked response.
Superintendent of Police (SP), Ujjain, Satendra Kumar Shukla, said that ten persons had been identified on the basis of a video clip.
“We have arrested four persons and detained some of the suspects. They are being interrogated. The rest of the accused are absconding. Police teams have been fanned and absconding accused will be arrested soon,” he said. The perpetrators are all in the age group of 20-25 years.
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When asked if the slogans were raised in reaction to the district administration’s decision to ban all public processions because of the pandemic, he said this was not the case.
“We had already talked to the organisers who had agreed not to take out a procession,” Mr Shukla said.
As per a Dainik Bhasker report, SP Amrendra Singh confirmed the incident and informed that investigations are on. A case under sections 124A, 153B, and 188 has been registered against the accused.
Taking strong objection, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan warned that “Taliban culture won’t be tolerated in the country.”
“Indians are patriots, barring exceptions. But those who support the Taliban mentality or indulge in anti-national activities will be crushed,” he added.