New Delhi: BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay and five others have been detained for raising inciting slogans at a protest held at Jantar Mantar here on Sunday. All six are likely to be arrested soon, the Delhi police said on Tuesday.Also Read - Is Amarinder Singh Joining BJP? His Scheduled Delhi Visit Today Sets Media Abuzz
“Ashwani Upadhyay and others involved in Sunday (August 8)’s incident to be arrested. We are handling the matter as per law and any communal disharmony will not be tolerated”, a statement issued by the Delhi police read. Also Read - BJP MLA Nimaben Acharya Becomes First Woman Speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly
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Earlier on Monday, Delhi police had interrogated Upadhyay and other accused till late last night. In his initial statement Upadhyay, a Supreme Court lawyer and former Delhi BJP spokesperson had said, “#UniteIndiaMovement has been launched to repeal Colonial Laws and Make Uniform Laws Programme was over at 12:15. The purported video was tweeted in the evening by some miscreants to malign & defame this noble cause”.
Speaking to ANI, a senior police official had said that that they are trying to ascertain the authenticity of the video. “After verifying the video strict legal action will be taken against those individuals who have done such act,” he stated further.
The DCP of Delhi, Deepak Yadav said, “People who had gathered at Jantar Mantar had no permission. It has come to our due notice that some people raised inciting & objectionable slogans as well. We have also received a video and have registered FIR in the case.”
“We’re carrying out further investigation into the matter. Necessary action will be taken at the earliest.” added the DCP.