Hate speech: 2 Hindu Mahasabha leaders get arrested for Yati

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Yati Narsinghanand, a priest of the Dasna Devi temple, was detained by ALIGARH police on Monday after they said he made divisive remarks at a Hindu Mahasabha function on Sunday.

Pooja Shakun Pandey, the national secretary of the Hindu Mahasabha, and her husband Ashish Pandey, the group’s spokesperson, have also been detained by police. The three have been charged with violating several IPC sections, including 295-A (“deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs”), 298 (“uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person”), 505(2) (“statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred, or ill-will between classes”), and 506 (“religious offences against any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs”) (criminal intimidation).

Narshinganand is allegedly shown in a viral video clip insulting the Quran, as well as making offensive remarks about the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and madrasas.

According to the police, Yati Narsinghanand and a number of other people attended a religious event that Ashish Pandey organised. According to the police, Pandey did not obtain approval from the necessary authorities to host the event.