Case against right-wing leader in UP For Communal Remarks

‘Dharam Sansads’ were held in Haridwar and Delhi last year in December (File)

Aligarh:

A case has been filed against a right-wing leader in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, for her controversial remarks against a particular community.

Aligarh Police have registered the case against Sadhvi Annapoorna aka Pooja Shakun Pandey who calls himself National Secretary of Akhil Bharat Hindi Mahasabha for encouraging enmity between different groups.

Ms Pandey has been arrested twice in the past two years by Aligarh police for controversial acts and statements, but was released on bail in both cases.

“A first information report has been filed against Pooja Shakun Pandey in connection with her controversial statement. Case filed against her at Gandhipark Police Station under Section 153A/153B/295A/298/505 of the IPC,” said Kalanidhi Naithani, Superintendent of Police, Aligarh.

Ms Pandey and other Hindu religious leaders were arrested by Uttarakhand police last year for hate speech at the Haridwar “Dharam Sansad” (religious assembly).

Delhi Police also recorded a case of hate speech earlier this year regarding a ‘Dharam Sansad’ in the nation’s capital.

Between December 17 and 19, two events in Delhi (by Hindu Yuva Vahini) and Haridwar (by Yati Narsinghanand), saw hate speech including open calls for violence against Muslims.

Pooja Shakun also made headlines in 2019 when she shot an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi and shouted slogans praising Nathuram Godse at an event in Aligarh.

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