September 27, 2016 12:56:03 am
MORADABAD POLICE Sunday booked Congress district and city unit presidents, as also many party workers, on the charge of sedition after they found slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ were allegedly shouted during a rally held by the party Saturday to protest against the recent terror attack on soldiers in Uri.
While the police claimed the case was registered on the basis of video footage, Congress leaders named in the FIR denied the charge. They claimed they, too, have a video recording of the event and alleged that video with the police is doctored.
The case was registered at Thakurdwara police station. No arrest has been made so far.
On Saturday morning, the Moradabad Congress unit, led by district and city unit presidents Arun Pratap Singh and Yaseen Qureshi, respectively, took out a march from Tikonia Park to the tehsil office in the city – a distance of about 1.5 km.
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According to Dhruv Kumar, Station Officer, Thakurdwara, the police learnt that the seditious slogan was raised during the rally and organised video footage of the march from some locals and journalists. “We found ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ was chanted (after studying the footage), and an FIR was lodged under IPC Section 124-A (sedition),” he said.
Besides Singh and Qureshi, the FIR names two Congress workers – Musahid Chowdhary and Ejaz – and 200 unidentified people.
Sub-Inspector Amit Sharma of Thakurdwara police station, who filed the complaint in the case, said, “We are trying to identify the people seen shouting the slogan.”
Moradabad SSP Nitin Tiwari said action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation.
Congress district president Singh said, “There were nearly 2,000 people in the rally and no one raised any anti-national slogan or shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. The (video) CD the police are accusing us with is doctored. The FIR has been lodged under pressure from local Samajwadi Party MLA Nawab Jaan.”
Qureshi also denied the charge and blamed Nawab Jaan.
Nawab, the MLA from Thakurdwara Assembly seat, denied the allegation that he had any role in the FIR.
Late evening, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted that the party “will send legal notices to those found carrying false and malicious news of pro-Pak slogans raised at an INC rally”
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